Read the Poem Alice Walker Wrote Inspired by Jesse Williams' BET Awards Speech

Read the Poem Alice Walker Wrote Inspired by Jesse Williams' BET Awards Speech

'The Color Purple' author was moved by his words.

Published July 1st

Jesse Williams' Humanitarian Award acceptance speech at the 2016 BET Awards left the Black community feeling inspired and energized, and The Color Purple author Alice Walker was no different. She was so moved that she picked up her pen, and wrote a poem, inspired by the actor's powerful words. 

In his speech, Jesse touched on everything from cultural appropriation to Black ownership and pride. Walker, 72, decided to write on the angle of "fear of Blackness in white culture," calling the Grey's Anatomy star a "beautiful son" at the end of the piece.

"Try to think bigger than you ever have or had courage enough to do: that blackness is not where whiteness wanders off to die: but that it is like the dark matter between stars and galazies in the Universe," she wrote. "That ultimately holds it all together."

Read Alice Walker's full poem, here.

Check out Jesse's moving BET Awards speech in its entirety, above.

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo from left: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images, Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

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