by sydney gore
Actor and activist Jesse Williams took the evening in a different direction though when he took the stage to accept the Humanitarian Award, which has been previously bestowed upon legends like Myrlie Evers-Williams, Harry Belafonte, and Muhammad Ali.
In a matter of minutes, Williams dropped truth bombs heavy with the weight of profound knowledge. He started off by insisting that this award was not about him, instead dedicating it to the individuals working to hold the black community down and standing on the front lines for social justice: black women. “We can and will do better for you,” he said.
Williams also touched on equal rights, police brutality, cultural appropriation, and the Black Lives Matter movement. While breaking down the concept of “freedom,” he advocated for the humanity of black people in addition to recognition for their relentless labor.