John Boyega joined in on the Black Lives Matter protest in London yesterday afternoon in response to George Floyd’s death while under custody of the Minneapolis police department.
The actor has always been an advocate for the movement and has often used his platform to speak his mind and promote quality. He went to Hyde Park yesterday for the protest and made a speech to thousands as they marched to 10 Downing Street.
“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— that. This is a moment where we are now a physical representation of our mentality, of our shared idea that Black lives matter. We have the right to live a balanced and healthy life. We are a physical representation of our unity, and it’s very important at this time that we stick together in mind, in spirit and in body. Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process.John Boyega, Black Lives Matter protest in London
Every Black person here remembered when another person reminded you that you were Black…I need you to understand how painful this s— is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing.”
Boyega also called for justice for Belly Mujinga, a black railway ticket officer who died from coronavirus when she was spat at by a member of the public who knowingly had the virus.
Despite his comment that this speech could have an impact on his career, friends, co-stars and producers have flocked to support the young actor in his statement. More protests in the UK are set to continue from the 6th of June.
You can donate to George Floyd’s memorial fund here. Please continue to support the Black Lives Matter movement and educate others during this time.