Master P returns to Louisville for backpack giveaway Thursday


by Gene Kang

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 9 at 3:41 PM

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A superstar rapper from Louisiana is helping children in Louisville prepare for the upcoming school year.

Percy Robert Miller, better known as Master P is a rapper, actor and entrepreneur but Thursday he was a mentor to kids.

"Education saved my life," Master P said.

Hundreds of bright-eyed students gathered at Central High School where they received backpacks and school supplies. Many families were from the YMCA, are underprivileged or just strapped for cash like Cedric Binford, who relocated to Louisville after Hurricane Katrina.

"I've been out of work so it's helping me out also. I really appreciate it," Binford said.

WHAS 11: "Why do you think it's so cool?"
One student replied: "Because they're helping kids that don't got money to get school supplies."

Master P has a soon-to-be released song about reaching for the stars and a documentary about the harsh realities of life on the streets of Louisville.

"What me and Chris 2X put together in the community is for the kids to realize even though they're living in poverty that you could be the next me or next Muhammad Ali or Barack Obama. Education is so important," Master P said.

With a huge crowd gathered around him, Master P talked to all the parents and kids about non-violence.

The director of Metro Corrections and FBI outreach leaders also attended the event. They were there to highlight the need to reduce violent crime and inmate populations.

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