On Saturday (April 1), Big Sean made history in his hometown of Detroit Mich., by becoming the youngest person to receive keys to the city. WWJ reports Sean was given the key for his Mogul Prep initiative for Detroit students.
To a crowd that included about 100 local kids, Mayor Duggan affirmed the significance of the rare honor.
“It’s only given out to our most special citizens so they know that they’re always in the heart of Detroit,” he said. “Since I’ve been mayor, I’ve given out two of these. The first was to Berry Gordy when they bought Motown: The Musical here. The second, I gave out to Stevie Wonder, when we renamed the street he grew up […] And now we’re going to give out the third […] Sean this is your reminder that every time you leave Detroit, you can always bounce back.”
In 2015 Sean and his mother, Myra Anderson, launched the Mogul Prep to teach children about entertainment industry jobs and other skills that can be used in every career. Sean held the first workshop for Mogul Prep on Saturday at Detroit’s Fox Theater before his concert. Later this month he’ll conduct the Mogul Prep workshops in Maryland, Atlanta, and Miami.
Today I got one of the highest honors a person can receive, the key to the City Of Detroit. The mayor said he's given it to 3 people… Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, and Me. I'm the youngest person to receive this in the history of the city! Thank u for this monumental moment! He honored me and my foundation for motivating the city through my music n messaging and starting an actual curriculum called "Mogul Prep" that teaches kids all the behind the scenes jobs available in the music industry and taught to them at a high school level. This will be applied to Detroit Public Schools come this fall and some schools in Baltimore and more. thanks to my mom for being a teacher n helping w/ this tremendously and our foundation @seanandersonorg. N thanks to all the people that attended this inspiring event! I'm a keep putting my energy into this 🙏🏾