Stann Champion is a member of the local school council of Ashe Elementary School in Chatham on Chicago’s Southside. He was recently interviewed about the importance of being a mentor and participating in the support of public schools.
A graduate of South Shore High School who went on to attend Columbia College as an art major, “I am proud to be a product of the public schools.” He says.
Stann’s comments were first published as a blog post on the website of Stand for Children Illinois then reprinted in the September/October Edition of “Intermezzo” the Chicago Federation of Musicians Magazine.
He feels strongly that whether it is improving your community or working with kids, “We all need to get involved on every level.” As a musician he can reach people on an emotional level. As a mature African American male he can be a positive role model offering kids an alternative point of view from what they might be getting on the street. Stann is quick to mention that he can still mix it up with the kids on the basketball court. “When I hit a three pointer they know they need to start paying attention.”
The versatile singer/guitarist is the leader of the “Roots Rock Society” reggae band and additionally has recently been fronting the “Propaganda Machine” a performing classic blues and jazz.
When not on stage or working with kids in the neighborhood you might likely find Stann entertaining children at La Rabida Children’s Hospital or other hospitals around town where he is known as “the human get well card.”
The Roots Rock Society single, “La Familia” is an anthem that promotes the idea of family, community, pride and self esteem which is the epitome of this entertainer’s personal message.