John Boyega Gives Rousing Speech During Peaceful Protests in London. Star Wars and Pacific Rim star, John Boyega joined the peaceful protests held in London, England and shared an inspiring speech with the crowd who were protesting police brutality in the US and around the world.
Boyega shared through tears: “Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting. I’m speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f**k that. Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process. We don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we’re going to make sure that won’t be an alien thought to our young ones.”
Boyega made it clear that it did not matter if his speech affected his career, but it seems he has inspired his employer! Lucasfilm, the studio responsible for Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and more, shared their unified support of John Boyega and join him in his fight for social justice.
Lucasfilm shared in a statement: “LUCASFILM STANDS WITH JOHN BOYEGA AND HIS MESSAGE THAT, “NOW IS THE TIME. BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED. BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT. BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MEANT SOMETHING. THE EVIL THAT IS RACISM MUST STOP. WE WILL COMMIT TO BEING PART OF THE CHANGE THAT IS LONG OVERDUE IN THE WORLD. JOHN BOYEGA, YOU ARE OUR HERO.”
Lucasfilm also shared John’s full speech via their verified Twitter account along with the caption: “We stand with and support you [John Boyega].”
— Star Wars (@starwars) June 3, 2020
Star Wars Director J.J. Abrams has also vowed to help the cause by donating $10 Million to various charities that fight to end racism. Abrams production company, Bad Robot, shared links to these charities, which will be receiving donations from the studio:
- Black Futures Lab
- Black Lives Matter LA
- Community Coalition
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Know Your Rights Camp
You can learn more about these charities by CLICKING HERE
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