Talib Kweli Helps Chicago Schools

As the son of two educators and an advocate for positivity in his music, Talib Kweli [click to read] is using his voice to help create social change. He is all set to perform two back-to-back Dare 2 Dream charity events at the House of Blues in Chicago to help promote reading and literacy among Chicago's youth.

The non-profit organization, Working in the Schools (WITS) will use benefits from the event to provide students with one-on-one tutoring and mentoring programs. As one of the worst public school systems in the United States, Chicago Public School System (CPS) graduates only fifty percent of its high school freshmen. Of those who do graduate, only six percent finish college, and as little as two percent of minority students graduate from college. These statistics are not surprising in a system where eighty-five percent of students live under the poverty line.

The Dare 2 Dream events will go towards positively impacting the lives of all 400,000 CPS students.Jeff Sodikoff, President of host Platform One Entertainment said, “I'm extremely proud and honored to partner with the incredible Talib Kweli to help foster major awareness and raise important funding for Working In The Schools all while continuing our pursuit to harness the power of music and entertainment to benefit important causes.”

The event is scheduled for May 2, 2009 in Chicago.

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