On November 17th, a day that is officially recognised as Adolph “Young Dolph” Thornton Jr. Day of Service in the states of Tennessee and Georgia, the IdaMae Foundation will honour the legacy of Young Dolph by activating several public service events. The spirit of Young Dolph Day encourages anyone in any city to give back to their community – no act of service is too small.
In his hometown of Memphis, the IdaMae Foundation will serve lunch, give free haircuts, and provide free winter kits consisting of coats, blankets, socks, and gloves at the Hospitality Hub from 9am CT – 1pm CT.
In Atlanta, they will provide free haircuts and serve dinner at the Evolution Center from 5pm ET – 7pm ET.
Nationally, the IdaMae Foundation is partnering with The Confess Project of America, utilising their national network of barbershops to provide free haircuts and critical mental health resources in local communities. These services will be available from 3:30pm-6:30pm in each respective timezone, in select locations including Dolph’s home state of Tennessee, as well as Georgia, Arkansas, Texas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Ohio, and California.
Internationally, everyone is encouraged to post a photo doing an act of service on November 17th using the Hashtags #DolphDay & #DolphServiceDay. We all can make a positive impact for our own communities, neighbours and world. It can be as simple as tasks like helping the elderly carry their groceries to their front door, planting a local garden, or giving free music lessons to kids. More info at https://dolph-day.com/.
Dolph’s sister Carlisa Brown states, “On behalf of the IdaMae Family Foundation and Young Dolph’s family we will continue the legacy of charity, philanthropy, and helping those in need as Adolph Robert Thornton Jr. ‘Young Dolph’ did. His community efforts and traditions will continue and much more. His spirit of giving will continue to live in us as it did in him until his passing. We hope that those who truly supported him will take Young Dolph Service Day as a day to give back and help those that need the assistance as he did! Anyone can give, serve, and help someone in need. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Everyone can be great because everyone can serve’.”
Former Tennessee State Senator Katrina Robinson explains, “Young Dolph’s Day of Service solidifies his legacy of philanthropy and compassion. Many know Dolph as an artist. Few know him as a family man, humanitarian, father, mentor, friend and a leader to his community. Our youth respond to those who they can identify with. The story of leaders of our past and those who seem out of reach to our youth, don’t always resonate with them. That’s why this is important. Dolph did so much to transcend the persona of a hip-hop artist. His day of service is not only a day to commemorate his work but also to inspire the next generation to be a light to their own just as he was.”
The Confess Project of America is a national organisation that trains barbers and stylists to become mental health advocates, with the mission to build awareness and break stigmas around mental health within the Black community. Young Dolph got his start as a barber as a teenager in his community, which allowed him to provide for his grandmother, Ida Mae, and also purchase his first music equipment.
IdaMae Family Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to address the needs of the community by offering programs and philanthropic activities that will enhance the quality of life by creating opportunities for lifelong learning, personal growth and development, and preservation of the community culture. The IdaMae Family Foundation, Inc. limits its major giving, programs, and services to the targeted areas in the surrounding communities of Castalia Heights in Memphis, Tennessee and communities in and around Auburn Gresham and Washington Heights in Chicago, Illinois.
Beloved in Memphis and beyond for his invigorating rap music and unwavering dedication to charitable efforts, Young Dolph made a major impact in his industry and his community during his life. To continue honoring his legacy on the one-year anniversary of his passing, his estate, his label Paper Route Empire, and his IdaMae Family Foundation–named after his grandmother who helped raise him –will host a series of charitable activations across Atlanta and Memphis on Thursday, November 17th. After his passing in 2021, both Tennessee and Georgia passed bills to officially declare November 17th “Adolph ‘Young Dolph’ Thornton Jr. Day of Service,” a day in which the public is encouraged to do acts of service in remembrance of the man who was deeply committed to serving communities for many years.
Long Live Dolph.