The rapper/professor posted this photograph of the official proclamation to his @BunBTrillOG account on Twitter
Bernard Freeman has done it again - making both hip hop and Houston history with yesterday's City Hall proclamation from Mayor Annise Parker of an official "Bun B Day."
The accommodation declared that August 30, 2011 would be known for the rapper/professor in recognition of his commitment to community service.
Within the last few years, the UGK rapper has served Houston both privately and publicly through efforts like:
- Co-teaching a "Religion and Hip Hop Culture" class at Rice University
- Headlining 97.9 KBXX's "Hip Hop 4 HIV" concert
- Speaking to a local youth mentorship group
- Participating in Rap-A-Lot Records & All Eyes On Me Ministries' "Hip Hop Hope Family Fun Day"
- Participating in a Real Talk Teen Assembly at Willowridge High School
The Houston Press reports that Bun B used the occasion to speak to and encourage a more active focus on the issues facing young people.
"I do believe that presently in Houston there is a need for more hands on attention for the youth of the city, either with after school programs or just a general need for attention to the children.Having worked with Bun through several panel discussions and outreaches with Christian rapper Bobby "Tre9" Herring, I can confirm that he is indeed approachable, reachable, and very interested in making a positive contribution to community outside of his music.
I'd like to take this opportunity to tell the City Council that I am available 24-7/365 when it comes to the children of Houston as well as the surrounding cities and communities. Whenever the city needs me, I am more than willing and able to answer the call.
I ask everyone who is here present today, as well as those who may see this on TV or the internet later, to do their part as well."
Without a doubt it would be great to see more mainstream rappers follow his lead.
Here's a clip of the presentation from The Rap Up blog.