On Sunday night, while many people are focused on the Oscars, others will be focused on #JusticeForFlint. Blackout for Human Rights will hold a free concert to stand in solidarity with those affected by the Flint, Mich., water crisis.
Blackout for Human Rights, founded by Creed director Ryan Coogler, is a collective of filmmakers, artists, activists and concerned citizens devoting their resources to address the staggering number of human rights violations in the United States. Joining Coogler Sunday will be Ava DuVernay, Jesse Williams, Robert Glasper, Jussie Smollett and others as they call for action in Flint.
On Thursday, Coogler and Williams spoke about the importance of the event during the event’s kickoff call.
“This is an issue of a state-sanctioned human rights violation. It was something that we really wanted to do something about. We knew folks would be available this weekend. And turning the attention on to our brothers and sisters in Flint,” Coogler said.
“A concern that we had was, at this event, to give people a voice. Humanize the issue. We wanted to make sure that we give them a good night of entertainment. They’re a group of resilient people. But what they needed really is a break. To laugh and have fun,” Coogler continued.
Williams, who has been vocal concerning the Flint water crisis, gave insight on the history of the issues residents have faced in Flint for some time.
Source: The Root | YESHA CALLAHAN