Powerhouse directors Ava DuVernay (‘Selma’) and Ryan Coogler (‘Creed,’ ‘Fruitvale Station’) along with actor/activist Jesse Williams (‘Grey’s Anatomy‘), comedian Hannibal Buress, singer Janelle Monae, and more will participate in a free live event on February 28 to raise awareness for the residents in Flint, Michigan called #JUSTICEFORFLINT. This event will be presented by Blackout for Human Rights, an organization started by Coogler.
According to Buzzfeed, Coogler said the fact that the event is being held the same evening as the Academy Awards ceremony is coincidental. The date was chosen because it is the final weekend of Black History Month.
“With the #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit event we will give a voice to the members of the community who were the victims of the choices of people in power who are paid to protect them, as well as provide them with a night of entertainment, unity, and emotional healing. Through the live stream we will also give a chance for people around the world to participate, and to donate funds to programs for Flint’s youth.” – Ryan Coogler
Coogler’s organization, Blackout for Human Rights, is a collective of filmmakers, artists, activists and citizens who are working to address human rights violations in the United States. Most recently, Blackout hosted a free event called ‘MLK Now’ at Harlem’s Riverside Church, where Dr. King delivered his famous 1967 speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” Many of today’s leading actors and cultural leaders offered beautiful interpretations of Dr. King’s most well-known speeches throughout the event.
#JUSTICEFORFLINT will take place at the Whiting Auditorium (1241 E. Kearsley St.) on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. ET to raise awareness and to raise funds for those affected by the water crisis. Registration for the free event is available HERE, and doors will open at 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Donations will be collected during the livestream broadcast on Revolt.tv