Star Wars' John Boyega asks "what's next?" after powerful Black Lives Matter speech

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From Digital Spy

Star Wars actor John Boyega has highlighted the importance of finding long-term solutions following his powerful Black Lives Matter speech.

The actor has received overwhelming support since delivering his passionate and tearful protest speech in Hyde Park on Wednesday (June 3), in which he addressed police involvement in the deaths of George Floyd, Sandra Bland and Trayvon Martin in the US, as well as Stephen Lawrence in the UK.

Now, in his first Instagram post since his moving speech, Boyega asks "what's next?" as he calls for the movement to "inspire new ways of thinking, building, and growing, together".

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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," he began the post.

"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.

He continued: "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."

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"Let’s increase our knowledge!" added the actor, before expressing his excitement to see an "awakening happening in all of us!". He then promised to continue using his platform to "fight against 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."

For more information on how you can support Black Lives Matter, please visit its official website or donate here. Readers can also donate to the UK anti-discrimination group Stand Up To Racism, and the Unite Families & Friends Campaign, which supports those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody.

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