The 2016 BET Awards aired on Sunday, June 26th live from the Mircosoft Theater in Los Angeles with hosts Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson. While the night was filled with awards, performances, and a star-studded tribute to Prince, it was one moment that everyone is talking about the most.
Grey’s Anatomy actor and activist Jesse Williams was awarded the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award and delivered a speech about the state of black culture and what needs to happen to make society better and united.
“Now, this award – this is not for me. This is for the real organizers all over the country – the activists, the civil rights attorneys, the struggling parents, the families, the teachers, the students that are realizing that a system built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do,” he said.
Williams went on to discuss the concept of freedom, police brutality, and so much more. Read the full transcription of the speech HERE and watch the full clip below.
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— deray mckesson (@deray) June 27, 2016