Pharrell pays off college debt for five NAACP youth leaders

Written by on June 20, 2022

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Pharrell Williams made five NAACP youth leaders very happy on Friday by cancelling their student debt. 

Before kicking off his Something in the Water festival in Washington, D.C, the rapper and producer surprised the five individuals with the good news, according to the NAACP. 

In a clip shared to Twitter, the five recipients get visually emotional upon hearing the announcement. 

“Pharrell forever changed their lives. This was a powerful moment. Now just imagine if President [Joe] Biden made this a reality for all student debt holders in America,” said Wisdom Cole, NAACP’s National Director of Youth and College, who organized the panel, according to ABC7.

NAACP’s President and CEO Derrick Johnson added on Twitter, “Right after @Pharrell surprised young NAACP leaders by paying off ALL their student debt, someone asked ‘what are you going to do now?’ One student tearfully responded, ‘I’m going to law school.’ This is what it’s about—unlocking opportunities for those historically oppressed.”

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