19 times Jesse Williams was the voice of our generation
July 01, 2016 at 2:00 am
Prior to this poetic call to action, Williams' has demonstrated a life-long dedication to the cause of social justice. The Temple University graduate of African American Studies spent six years teaching in the Philadelphia public school system. As an actor and public figure, Williams uses his platforms to advocate for social equality. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Advancement Project (nonprofit organization) working with civil rights attorneys dedicated to issues of racial justice. He physically positions himself on the front lines of the Black Lives Matter movement from Ferguson to Flint
Let it be understood that Williams is not new to this, he's 100 percent true to this and he's got the receipts to prove it. Here are 19 times Jesse Williams has been the voice of our generation:
1. In October of 2014, Williams joined demonstrators in Ferguson to protest the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. While there, he casually dropped knowledge on race and double standards in America.
2. When his actions spoke louder than words.
3. When he got real on CNN about the media's deliberate criminalization of black men.
4. When he insisted on humanizing the headlines behind the 2015 Chapel Hill shooting that left a family dead in their own home.
#ChapelHillShooting is real life involving real people. Deah Barakat, 23 & Yusor Mohamed, 21 (married only 4 weeks ago) and Razan Mohamed, 19 #JeSuisThat A photo posted by Jesse Williams (@ijessewilliams) on
5. When he and Talib Kweli reported what was really going down in the streets of Ferguson.
6. When he took to Twitter to call out double standards in media reporting of the Baltimore Uprising following the death of Freddie Gray.
The reaction to oppression has always been spun & marketed as validation for the status quo.— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) April 28, 2015
7. When, during this press junket for The Butler, he caped for Trayvon Martin and offered commentary on the state of social equality.
8. When he lent his star power to advocate for the reduction of drug and petty theft sentences that unfairly target black and brown people. #Prop47
Let's stop wasting 100s of millions in prison costs & space on low-level crimes; re-invest in prevention, treatment & schools. VOTE #YesOn47 TODAY A photo posted by Jesse Williams (@ijessewilliams) on
9. When he clapped back at ignorance on behalf of Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler.
Learn to recognize beauty when you see it. Stop doing the extra work of making majesty wack and trash-ass people into deities. Insecure, dogmatic regulations on humanity are what enslaved you in the first damn place. #GTFOH If your mind's small, water it. We're gonna be ourselves now. Drown if you must. #FamilyFirst #Bredren @michaelbjordan #RyanCoogler
10. When he flexed hashtags to help Melissa Harris-Perry spread this word.
11. When he showed up for Flint.
12. When he paid a visit to HLN to explain why everyone (not just black people) should be outraged over the shooting death of a black teenager over loud music.
13. When he knew Bree Newsome had set it off.
It's tiiiiiiime. A photo posted by Jesse Williams (@ijessewilliams) on
I'm always trying to find the next comedian that just gives me something a little funny to combine with all of the depressing news that I'm processing. - Jesse Williams
14. Proving that #BlackJoy is a revolutionary act, Williams is down for the occasional roast on behalf of the culture. Like that one time when he just couldn't find the chill in Rachel Dolezal.
15. When he joined in our collective side-eye of Don Lemon.
When you're presenting a group project & the person that didn't help tries to stand in front and talk big game. ¡Museum worthy photo composition! #PutItInTheMoMA A photo posted by Jesse Williams (@ijessewilliams) on
16. When he shared woke holiday gift suggestions for the kids.
A merry resistance to all and to all a good fight. #AisForActivist A photo posted by Jesse Williams (@ijessewilliams) on
17. When he executive produced and appeared in the BET Documentary, Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement.
18. When he showed love for black artivism at Goodman Gallery in Cape Town.
#RaiseUp #Art in #Action w/ @hankwillisthomas y @DCChambersii #ArtBasel @Goodman_Gallery A photo posted by Jesse Williams (@ijessewilliams) on