Star Wars actor John Boyega delivered a powerful speech at the Black Lives Matter protest in London's Hyde Park and he says he doesn't care if it ends his career.
Keep scrolling to see what he said and to watch the full video of his speech...
John Boyega has been using his platform for good.
via: Getty ImagesAnd on Wednesday, he delivered a speech to a packed-out protest in London, and he says he's not sure he'll even have a career afterward.
The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.
via: GettyLast week, on Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint.
George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...
via: TwitterAnd, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe."
After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/7WNH4pzDLY— 🐌 (@🐌)1590620093.0
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyBut George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
But things have been quick to turn violent.
via: GettyProtesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.
It's a truly terrifying time.
via: GettyBut change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
But, remarkably, they seem to be working.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
John Boyega is one of many celebrities speaking up.
via: Getty ImagesThe actor has been frequently vocal on his socials about Black Lives Matter.
And on Wednesday, he joined the protest in London's Hyde Park.
John Boyega joined the family of Belly Mujinga on today’s black lives matter march in London’s Hyde park https://t.co/S7fu5BsBnW— Chi Chi Izundu (@Chi Chi Izundu)1591192866.0
The actor then used his megaphone to deliver a powerful speech.
via: Getty ImagesYou could hear the pain in his voice as he spoke to the crowd.
Boyega referred to everyone at the protest as a “physical representation of our support"
via: Getty ImagesDuring his speech, he told demonstrators: “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*ck 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."
“We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd...for Sandra Bland...for Trayvon Martin... for St… https://t.co/3l1WVnWgrg— Dionne Grant (@Dionne Grant)1591194440.0
"Every black person in here remembered when another person reminded you that you were black. "
i have so much respect for john boyega literally putting his career on the line https://t.co/f3jfYaSA0U— brad pitt’s y/n 🌊 (@brad pitt’s y/n 🌊)1591200829.0
The actor added it was important to "keep control of this moment" and make it as "peaceful and as organized as possible."
“I’m speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but fuck that” Jo… https://t.co/TvdGKF2sdB— David ⚡️ (@David ⚡️)1591198106.0
At one point, Boyega was moved to tears."Black men we need to take care of our black women. They are our hearts, they are our future, we cannot demonize our own, we are the pillars of the family."
Boyega is well aware that he is risking his career.“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*ck that."
Watch his speech here:
“how painful it is to be reminded everyday that your race means nothing....” Thank you @JohnBoyega… https://t.co/goHkMf9drT— Jasmine Baba (@Jasmine Baba)1591196071.0