Sunday night, a group of stars gathered for a powerful show, but it wasn’t the Academy Awards.
While Chris Rock was poking fun at Hollywood’s diversity problem, Ava DuVernay, Ryan Coogler, Stevie Wonder, Jesse Williams, Ledisi, Janelle Monáe, Jussie Smollett, and more met at the Whiting Auditorium in Flint, Michigan, to raise money for #JusticeForFlint.
So far, the event has raised more than $145,000 in donations that will go toward addressing Flint’s water crisis.
Folks are standing up for Flint! Since last night's #JusticeForFlint show, 3635 activists have raised their voices w/ $145k toward recovery!
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) February 29, 2016
I love you #Flint. I've seen is all walks of life together & that is how change happens. I'll be back soon. Stay resilient,unified & woke.✊🏿
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) February 29, 2016
During the event, legendary musician Stevie Wonder called for more accountability in the wake of the crisis.
“The reality is we all need water,” he said. “That’s a human right.” Wonder, a Michigan native, went on to call for the resignation of Governor Rick Snyder.”
He continued, noting a disaster on this scale “requires accountability. If it goes down bad, someone’s gotta go.”
You can still donate for #JusticeForFlint by texting JUSTICE to 83224. You can also watch the powerful event below.