A representative for West told CNN that the 529 education plan West is establishing for 6-year-old Gianna is part of a $2 million donation that includes legal funds for the families of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor as well as funding for black-owned businesses in crisis in Chicago, West’s home town, and other cities.
The death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd while in police custody has sparked protests and marches around the country — and the world — calling for racial equality and justice.
And this week, a heartbreaking moment was captured on video while Gianna was at one of the protests. In the short clip posted to Instagram by @Skrptz, Gianna is seen sitting on the shoulders of her father’s friend, former NBA player Stephen Jackson, saying, “Daddy changed the world.”
West has been out protesting this week as well. He joined Chicago Public School students on the city’s South Side who were protesting to demand that the city keep police officers out of their schools.
NBC5 reporter Trina Orlando shared video of him joining the march on Twitter.
— Trina Orlando (@TrinaOrlando) June 5, 2020
Both West and his wife, Kim Kardashian West, are no strangers to donating to causes they believe in. Earlier this year, West donated an undisclosed amount to Chicago-based organization We Women Empowered and the Los Angeles-based nonprofit The Dream Center, both of which have been donating meals to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
For his wife’s birthday last year, he also donated $1 million to her favorite charities that work to advance prison reform. The donation in her name went to Cut 50, Buried Alive Project, Equal Justice Initiative and Anti-Recidivism Coalition. Kardashian West Tweeted, “This makes my heart so happy!”
I got amazing gifts from my whole family and Kanye for me the most amazing bags. But he also donated $1 million to my favorite charities that work so hard on prison reform on my behalf from him and the kids. This makes my heart so happy! pic.twitter.com/chNkyPRQGW
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 22, 2019
Have you made a donation to any of the organizations fighting for racial justice?