Jesse Williams Talks BET Speech, Lets People Know “They’re Not Alone”
Jesse Williams
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Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams Talks BET Speech, Lets People Know “They’re Not Alone”


Jesse Williams recognizes his words hold a lot of weight.

The Grey’s Anatomy star delivered an incredibly powerful speech at the 2016 BET Awards on Sunday night June 26 and his goal was to let people know they’re not alone.

The actor was honored with the Humanitarian Award for his advocacy work regarding the Black Lives Matter movement.

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His speech touched on the devastating effects of racial profiling and the cultural appropriation that plagues our country.

“Words are only as good as the response to those words," he told People. "But I'd like to think that I give people a sense that they are not alone."

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His main focus is improving the educational system so every kid, black or white, feels like they’re worthy of success.

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“If we keep poisoning our children to believe that we are nothing and that white people are everything, that’s when it finds itself reflected in the way we treat each other.”

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The 34-year-old is doing everything he can to battle inequality and wants to encourage kids to get educated through a reading list.

"Whether you are reading about Frederick Douglas or you are reading about all the black inventors in the country that invented so many things that we touch and feel every day, or you can get really heavy with the history of African civilization, there is a lot in between.”