In recognition of Trae’s outstanding contributions to the city of Houston, in 2008, Trae was awarded his own day, “Trae Day” by the Mayor of Houston, Bill White and Council Member Peter Brown. This day serves as symbol of honor of his outstanding work within the community and philanthropic efforts.
The designation of "Trae Day" signified the first time this honor was ever extended to a rap artist. It is celebrated yearly on July 22.
A special thanks to Bill White (Mayor of Houston-2008), Peter Brown (Council Member-2008), Kathy Griffin-Grinan (Been There, Done That), Rosey Ruiz (Aspire To Win), Marilyn Gambrell (No More Victims), and Tiffany Cofield (Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church) for making this day possible!
By Joey Guerra-Houston Chronicle
- July 24, 2008
Trae has his day
It’s not every person, and certainly not every rap artist, who’s honored by the Mayor. But July 22 is now officially Trae Day.
The low-key rapper — whose real name is Frazier Thompson III — was honored Tuesday by Mayor Bill White and the Houston City Council for his extensive community work. Trae performed earlier this year at the Ramsey 1 Unit of the maximum security prison in Rosharon and for the Youthful Offender Program at the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice-Clements Unit in Brazoria.
“This day’s real exciting for me,” Trae said en route to City Hall, behind the wheel of a bright-blue BMW. “I’m just glad I’m in this situation.
“If I stay at this pace, it’s going to be a wonderful year, man.”
The event came together less than a month ago, and several members of City Council seemed encouraged and amused by the situation. Mayor White claimed his son was a fan, and Brown even offered a few clumsy dance moves during the presentation in City Council chambers.
“I’m glad to see that rap, which is profound in certain communities, is being used in a positive way,” said Councilwoman Jolanda Jones.
Later that day, Trae celebrated with a block party at Sharpstown Mall, which drew more than 10,000 fans, according to publicist Nancy Byron.
Among the crowd were members of No More Victims, Inc., an advocacy agency for newborns and children of incarcerated parents. Students from M. B. Smiley High School accompanied Trae to City Hall and presented him with their own certificate of appreciation.
“We’ve been waiting for years for someone to step up of this magnitude,” said No More Victims founder and CEO Marilyn Gambrell (whose story was turned into a 2005 Lifetime movie).
“A lot of people’s view of hip hop is, ‘Sittin’ up in my cell.’ And to see this side of these artists, with our kids, it could turn the whole tide.”