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John Boyega Delivers Powerful Speech At London Black Lives Matter Protest

John Boyega Delivers Powerful Speech At London Black Lives Matter Protest

John Boyega prior to the protests in an Instagram photo

The Star Wars star leads protestors in Hyde Park, saying "now is the time" for racial equality.

Star Wars actor John Boyega rallied people together at Hyde Park in London on Wednesday for a large protest against racial inequality. In the powerful, emotional speech, he says:

"Black lives has always mattered, we have always been important."

After the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests have broke out throughout America and even across the world.

Locations Of Protests In America

Map of Black Lives Matter protests

NBC News

Since the death of George Floyd on May 25th, the nation has erupted in protests spanning 380 cities and towns throughout all 50 states. There have been vigils, rallies and protests that have incited around the cause of racial equality.

13 Countries And Counting

Peaceful protests in Amsterdam without police


After seeinig the outrage in the US, other countries began their protests. From rallies outside the U.S. embassy in Denmark to flashmobs in Italy, much of the world has come together for this cause. Countries such as Germany and Brazil have taken strong actions while solidarity protests take place in Australia, Canada, Syria, and many more.

John Boyega's Impact on the International Protests

Boyega is a British-Nigerian actor who made an emotional speech in Hyde Park which has Londoners marching in solidarity with U.S. protestors. You can hear the pain in his voice as Boyega says:

"Imagine this- a nation that is set up with individual families that are thriving, that are healthy that communicate...that raise their children in love, have a better rate of becoming better human beings"

He continues to discuss how "black men need to take care of black women" and that they are our future. Boyega is extremely emotional in his efforts to unite the people and promote change. To support his cause or just learn more about recent events, click here for resources.

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