Star Wars actor John Boyega braved the bad weather and gave an emphatic speech at a large London protest against George Floyd’s death, telling demonstrators that “now is the time” to demand racial equality, said CNN.
He made this emotional speech into a megaphone as thousands poured through Hyde Park, to serve as a solidarity march with their counterpart in the US.
“Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless,” said Boyega.
“And now is the time. I ain’t waiting. I ain’t waiting. Every black person understands and realizes the first time you are reminded that you are black,” Boyega added, as he occasionally stopped to fight back tears during the speech, said CNN.
“You remember. Every black person in here remembers when another person reminded you that you were black.”
This is just one of the many protests around that world that were organized to show their concern over the death of African-American George Floyd in the hands of Minneapolis police officer.
The British-Nigerian actor reminded the crowd of other black men killed by police in the United States.
He also mentioned Stephen Lawrence, a black British teenager murdered in a racially motivated attack in 1993; and, Mark Duggan, whose 2011 shooting by police sparked protests and then riots across the UK.
Boyega has known for his role as Finn the Star Wars sequel trilogy films The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017), and The Rise of Skywalker (2019).