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T.I. is definitely one of those people who embodies the “don’t just talk about it, be about it” mentality.
Like the good samaritan that he is, T.I. spent part of his holiday weekend helping others. This was no ordinary good deed though. The rapper partnered with a church in Georgia a nd helped bail 23 nonviolent offenders out of jail. The group of 7 women and 16 men were all nonviolent and “mostly first-time” offenders who were able to regain their freedom thanks to a partnership program with the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia.
The church’s senior pastor Dr. Jamal Bryant spoke on the program saying, “It’s almost like finally meeting the good Samaritan—somebody who you don’t know that you didn’t see coming.” In addition to reuniting the 23 people with their friends and family the partnership program raised a large amount of funds for a specific purpose. They raised a total of $120,000, $80K more than their initial goal of $40k. The money will be used to launch college funds for the children of the recently releases inmates.
T.I. has been very outspoken in his fight towards criminal justice reform, frequently posting about highly publicized cases via his social media accounts and using his voice for good! We love this!
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🚨Breaking news from the AJC News Desk🚨 New Birth Missionary Baptist Church has raised $120,000 to provide bail for first-time, nonviolent offenders in four Georgia counties. 🙏🏾 The “Bail Out” program was designed to give men and women a second chance, beginning Easter weekend. 🙏🏾 The program targets DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale counties. It will also help with job readiness. 🙏🏾 It began as a $40,000 local challenge within the New Birth congregation and quickly grew to $120,000 and a larger metro movement. 🙏🏾 🙌🏾 👊🏾 WE ARE NEW BIRTH 👊🏾 🙌🏾 @newbirthmbc @jamalhbryant