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In a new documentary titled “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement,” the well-respected actor and activist is encouraging others to be more aware of America’s (poor) treatment of black lives by exploring the evolution of a movement that is committed to the same mission.
Williams’s stars in and executive produces the film, which debuts May 26 on BET. It chronicles the birth and growth of the Black Lives Matter movement, and its transformative power in amplifying black voices and issues.
“Black Lives Matter is in many ways, in its adolescence,” Williams told The Huffington Post about his involvement in the film and his thoughts on various aspects about the movement. He discussed with HuffPost the birth of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, how it subsequently swept the Internet by storm and how the hashtag helped to bring about real change. He also highlighted the daunting feat the movement’s participants have in figuring out how to create lasting change.