Watch these high school students freak out when Donald Glover shows up at an open mic night
Glover, aka Childish Gambino, performs 'This is America' as part of a fundraiser for high school arts
An auditorium full of Chicago high school students got a surprise they won't soon forget when actor, writer and hip-hop star Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) showed up at an open mic night.
Hosted by Chance the Rapper, the event was part of a regular fundraiser for an organization called SocialWorks, which encourages youth participation in the arts.
The night was held in the auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago, and only students with high school ID could get in.
"My next guest needs no introduction," Chance said. "So let's try it." As soon as the first notes of Glover's politically-charged hit "This is America" came through the speakers, the students screamed and started rushing the stage. Watch:
thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/donaldglover?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@donaldglover</a> for coming to our 30th <a href="https://twitter.com/SocialWorks_Chi?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@socialworks_chi</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/OpenMikeChicago?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OpenMikeChicago</a> !!! thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/chancetherapper?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@chancetherapper</a> for leveraging your celebrity for the youth of Chicago in moments like these. thank you <a href="https://twitter.com/chipublib?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@chipublib</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/YOUmediaChicago?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@YOUmediaChicago</a> !!! <a href="https://t.co/sCMyPVRyF0">pic.twitter.com/sCMyPVRyF0</a>—@MalcolmLondon
Glover's song and jarring video — which tackles racism, violence, apathy and more in America — have topped charts since their release last month.
You can watch the video in full here.