Jack Harlow's always been open about just how much he loves his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and the feeling is clearly mutual. December 18th, 2021 has been officially declared "Jack Harlow Day" in Louisville, officially recognising everything he does for where he grew up.
Taking to Instagram, Jack shared a letter from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who reached out to thank Jack for his work in the community. It's a heartfelt letter, and one that shows just how important it is for a star like Jack to continue to represent his community on a worldwide scale.
The letter says that the day was "for answering, once and for all, that what's poppin' is Louisville when it comes to talent that makes it bigger than big, but doesn't forget the "home" in hometown or homegrown.
"The rapper's way with words and beats has earned him untold fans, chart-topping releases and an ability to give back in meaningful ways, and he does."
Jack's been involved in several community initiatives, including recently partnering with KFC to support those affected by a deadly tornado that hit Western Kentucky. He also announced last October that he'd be donating to five different Louisville organisations; AMPED, the Center for Women and Families, Grace James Academy, Louisville Urban League and Metro United Way.
Writing on Instagram, he explained his decision to donate to each charity, as well as writing, "Growing up in Louisville, all I ever fantasized about was shining a light on the city. I would hear my favorite rappers talk about where they were from in songs and I felt this urge to let the world know about us too.
"I’ve been blessed enough to build a platform during this journey & it’s become clear to me that giving back to the town that raised me is now one of my responsibilities. I made donations to 5 local organizations, and now my goal is to introduce them to all of you. I hope they will resonate with you the way they did for me."
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You can check out the full letter below. This is what it means to be a hometown hero, and it's awesome to see the love being returned.