The Black Lives Matters Speech You Can’t Miss

Jesse Williams attends the premiere of "Lee Daniels' The Butler" on Monday, August 5, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Last night at the BET awards show, Humanitarian winner Jesse Williams dedicated his entire acceptance speech to the Black Lives Matter movement:

“Now, the thing is, though, all of us in here getting money that alone isn’t going to stop this. All right? Now dedicating our lives to getting money just to give it right back. To put someone’s brand on our body when we spent centuries praying with brands on our bodies and now we pray to get paid with brands for our bodies. There has been no war that we have not fought and died on the front lines of. There has been no job we haven’t done. There’s no tax they haven’t levied against us. And we pay all of them. But freedom is somehow always conditional here. You’re free, they keep telling us, but she would have been alive if she hadn’t acted so free.”

Watch his entire speech below and share it across social media. This is a speech people can’t miss.


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