The star made an emotional speech right into a megaphone as 1000’s poured by way of Hyde Park, marching in solidarity with protesters in the US.
“Black lives have always mattered,” Boyega mentioned at the rally. “We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. 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, sometimes stopping to battle again tears throughout the speech. “You remember. Every black person in here remembers when another person reminded you that you were black.”
The British-Nigerian actor listed the names of a number of black males killed by police in the United States, and likewise these of Stephen Lawrence — a black British teenager murdered in a racially motivated assault in 1993 — and Mark Duggan, whose 2011 taking pictures by police sparked protests after which riots throughout the UK.
“This is so vital,” Boyega mentioned. “I need you guys to understand how painful this s**t is.”
“It is very, very important that we keep control of this movement, and we make this as peaceful as possible,” he added. “They want us to mess up.”
And he went on to deal with black males particularly, urging them to “take care of our black women.”