On Monday afternoon, Chance the Rapper walked into the library of Westcott Elementary, a few blocks from where he grew up on Chicago’s South Side. In one of his signature “3” caps -- sky blue -- and a hoodie the same color, Chance stood next to a group of students and announced that he would donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, the money going to after-school and enrichment programs. The funds, he said, would come out of ticket sales from his upcoming tour.
Reading softly from a prepared script, he described the money as a “call to action” for others to give as well, explaining that his non-profit, Social Works, would donate an additional $10,000 to a different Chicago school for every $100,000 raised. He’d texted with Common that morning and would soon share a list of participating corporations. Chance handed a $10,000 giant novelty check to Westcott’s principal, who said she was elated that she’d picked up on that unknown caller this morning.
“As a private citizen, as a parent and a product of C.P.S,” Chance said, “I’m asking that you guys join the fight with me. Organize with me. Mobilize with me.”