“I don’t know if I’ll have a career after this…”
John Boyega is a young actor who’s blasted onto the scene thanks to roles in big films like Star Wars and Pacific Rim. But his finest moment might have just happened. Boyega joined a crowd of many in London and raised his voice with theirs for the Black Lives Matters movement.
Boyega gave an impassioned speech at a Black Lives Matter rally in London on Wednesday, telling a crowd through tears that black lives “have always been important.”
Boyega spoke through a megaphone to thousands gathered in London’s Hyde Park to protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has sent shock waves through the U.S. and has inspired similar protests and shows of support around the world.
“I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing, and that isn’t the case anymore. That is never the case anymore. We are going to try today. We are the physical representation of the support for George Floyd,” Boyega said. “Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.”
Boyega called for peaceful protests and said it’s important to be organized.
“They want us to mess up. They want us to be disorganized. Not today,” he said.
Boyega also pleaded with black men to respect black women and take care of them as “our hearts” and “our future.”
The actor even said near the end of his remarks, “I don’t know if I’ll have a career after this,” but that he was speaking from his heart. After those particular comments gained attention on the web, many in the industry including Jordan Peele, Mark Hamill, Edgar Wright and many more threw their support behind him.
“The evil that is racism must stop. We will commit to being part of the change that is long overdue in the world. John Boyega, you are our hero,” “Star Wars” and Lucasfilm said in a statement.
Fellow celebs took to social media to cheer on Boyega:
If you want to check out other John Boyega films besides Stars Wars, look these titles up:
Imperial Dream; Pacific Rim Uprising; Attack The Block; Detroit.