2016 BET Awards: Jesse Williams to Receive Humanitarian Award
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Jesse Williams

2016 BET Awards: Jesse Williams to Receive Humanitarian Award

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Jesse Williams is an actor we know and love from Grey's Anatomy, but BET sees him as we see him: a humanitarian first and foremost.

The 34-year-old will receive the Humanitarian Award at the 2016 BET Awards on June 26, a recognition of his tireless activism, especially with Black Lives Matter.

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“Williams uses his celebrity platform to shine a light on the injustices of our society and became an outspoken advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement,” the network says in a press release issued today, June 20.

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“During Ferguson, he stood with thousands of protestors to make sure that unarmed teen Mike Brown’s death was not in vain and used every outlet at his disposal to make sure that the message behind the Black Lives Matter movement was heard.

“Writing articles for CNN and The Huffington Post expressing his frustration with the system, Jesse has proven to be a true pioneer of our generation and is a refreshing new face of activism during a time of crisis in this country.”

Jesse also produced Stay Woke, a Black Lives Matter documentary which premiered on BET last month.

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In the same press release, the network announced Samuel L. Jackson will take home the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross will host the star-studded award ceremony, which airs live on Sunday, June 26, at 8 p.m. ET.