Jesse Williams’ BET Humanitarian Award Speech Was EVERYTHING – Clutch Magazine

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Actor, activist and entrepreneur Jesse Williams was honored at Sunday night’s BET Awards, and his acceptance speech was everything!The  Advancement Project board member not only gave an emotionally charged speech, but also dedicated his award to his fellow organizers.

“This is for the real organizers all over the country. The activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers of students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do,” said Williams, who linked arms with Ferguson activists in the wake of Michael Brown’s death in the fall of 2014 and executive-produced Stay Woke, a documentary which traced the evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement and debuted on BET in May.

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Williams also paid homage to black women, who are often times the unsung heroes of the movement.“Black women who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves.” “We can and will do better for you,” he said.  Williams reminded attendees to remember those who died and why we’re still fighting to make people understand that black lives do matter. And he also spoke a word about the culture vultures.

Source: Jesse Williams’ BET Humanitarian Award Speech Was EVERYTHING – Clutch Magazine

2 thoughts on “Jesse Williams’ BET Humanitarian Award Speech Was EVERYTHING – Clutch Magazine”

  1. Jessy Williams speech focused too much on the negatives of Africans in America. One would think after hearing him that we have not progressed in diminishing racim in America very much. The good Black news is that African Americans are living longer and have more rights than ever! When was it better in America than now the eighties, the nineties.
    America is not perfect the police shootings are a problem yet unlike any time in the past victims families are getting paid millions and Cities have strong financial motives to end police shootings or keep them to a minimum.

  2. Finally A real Voice for today’s society ills.. Hearing Jesse speak was like hearkening back to Jesse Jackson’s pavement pounding days on the Southside of Chicago…

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