John Boyega Speaks Out After Viral Black Lives Matter Speech

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 3: Actor John Boyega speaks as protestors join a Black Lives Matter rally at Hyde Park before marching into central London and finishing at parliament square. Actor John Boyega addresses the crowd outside Parliament on June 3, 2020 in LONDON, United Kingdom. Protest continue around the world after George Floyd was killed while he was being detained by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)

John Boyega Speaks Out After Viral Black Lives Matter Speech

“I want to thank you all for the love and support you have shared,” the actor wrote on Instagram.

PUBLISHED ON : JUNE 8, 2020 / 11:15 AM

Written by BET Staff

Actor John Boyega went viral after his powerful speech at a Black Lives Matter protest in London on Wednesday (June 3). Although he said, "I don't know if I'm going to have a career after this,” it appears to be the opposite. 

The Attack the Block and Star Wars actor has reportedly received tons of love.

On Sunday, June, 7, Boyega wrote on Instagram, “I want to thank you all for the love and support you have shared over the last few days, although nothing I have done is for praise, or is truly even enough, in the grand scheme of things.”

He continued, “This is an intense time for our community, and the most important thing is for us to maintain momentum and not lose sight of how critical it is to pursue long term solutions and commitments, for the sake of our generation, and the next. Our individual pursuits of success and belonging remain, but now more than ever, it’s important to use this movement as fuel to inspire new ways of thinking, building, and growing, together. I believe any great movement starts with a renewal of the mind.”

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He also wrote about the next steps, “I know you’re all thinking, what’s next? Where do we go from here? Because I’m thinking the same shit! Conversations about black businesses, ownership and support are happening, and I will continue to have these conversations with the full intention of birthing ideas that are sustainable and tangible. Let’s increase our knowledge! I’m excited to see an awakening happening in all of us! I’ll continue to use my platform to fight against the injustices and inequalities in our community, no matter what.”

Additionally, Boyega stressed he can’t do the work alone, “Nonetheless, one man can’t do it alone - I need you, and we need each other! We need everyone, across industry’s, soci-economic backgrounds, countries, to unite with a shared goal of REAL change.”

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I want to thank you all for the love and support you have shared over the last few days, although nothing I have done is for praise, or is truly even enough, in the grand scheme of things. This is an intense time for our community, and the most important thing is for us to maintain momentum and not lose sight of how critical it is to pursue long term solutions and commitments, for the sake of our generation, and the next. Our individual pursuits of success and belonging remain, but now more than ever, it’s important to use this movement as fuel to inspire new ways of thinking, building, and growing, together. I believe any great movement starts with a renewal of the mind. I know you’re all thinking, what’s next? Where do we go from here? Because I’m thinking the same shit! Conversations about black businesses, ownership and support are happening, and I will continue to have these conversations with the full intention of birthing ideas that are sustainable and tangible. Let’s increase our knowledge! I’m excited to see an awakening happening in all of us! I’ll continue to use my platform to fight against the injustices and inequalities in our community, no matter what. Nonetheless, one man can’t do it alone - I need you, and we need each other! We need everyone, across industry’s, soci-economic backgrounds, countries, to unite with a shared goal of REAL change. Before the pandemic hit, I visited a few schools in Southwark, to share my journey and to truly understand the minds and needs of our next generation. It was eye opening and inspiring to say the least, and I look forward to continuing this work, and contributing more, once it is safe to do so. I urge the black men of our community, my peers, to do the same. Connecting with our kids and motivating them towards a future that is stronger and brighter, is urgent, and necessary. In the meantime, let’s work on clearing the runway for them, so they can take off, and fly. Love everyone, and stay safe x

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In case you missed it, on June 3, the 28-year-old said at Hyde in London on June 3, "Black lives have always mattered, we have always been important, we have always meant something, we have always succeeded regardless and now is the time... I ain't waiting.”

"Every Black person here remembers the time when another person reminded you that you were Black," he said while forcing back tears. "I need you to understand how painful this shit is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing, and that isn’t the case anymore."

"I'm speaking to you from the heart," he also said. "I don't know if I'm going to have a career after this, but f**k that."

Watch the speech below:

(Photo by Guy Smallman/Getty images)

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