Chance earned the award by virtue of his tireless work on behalf of the Chicago Public School system, to which he has donated over a million dollars and counting, along with starting his own nonprofit to benefit CPS. To honor his work, artists like Common and Jesse Williams taped recordings of their love of Chance and his work, and then the BET surprised the crowd with a pre-taped message from Michelle Obama.
“With these passionate efforts, Chance is showing our young people that they matter,” Obama said. “That they have something inside of them that is worthy of being expressed, and that they have so much to contribute to their communities and to our country.”
Chance goes way back with the Obamas. His father worked for Barack Obama back when he was just a senator, and later a very young Chance visited the White House with his family early in Mr. Obama’s first term as President .
You can watch the full message here !