At Sunday’s #JusticeForFlint event, which was put together by directors Ryan Coogler and Ava DuVernay, music meshed with social justice for an event held to benefit those directly impacted by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
#JusticeForFlint was streamed online and televised on Puff Daddy’s Revolt TV. The rally was hosted by comedian Hannibal Burress.
New Orleans-born songstress Ledisi sang along to Sam Cooke’s classic, 1964 record “A Change Is Gonna Come,” while Janelle Monae began her performance wearing a straight jacket. A surprise performance from singer Stevie Wonder closed out the show.
Serving as both a rally and fundraiser, #JusticeForFlint raised a total of $133,000, according to a tweet sent by DuVernay.
In addition to performances from the likes of Janelle Monae and Stevie Wonder, the rally included stories from those impacted by the crisis in Flint.
“One of these poets was pregnant w twins & lost them. A direct result of lead poisoning. She’s here, now. Overstand that. #JUSTICEFORFLINT,” actor/activist Jesse Williams wrote in a tweet sent during the #JusticeForFlint broadcast.
Tweets from last night’s #JusticeForFlint event, can be found below.
Activists continue to donate to #JusticeForFlint hours after our show ended. The tally is now $133k from 3306 donations. For Flint. Onward!
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) February 29, 2016
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) February 28, 2016
One of these poets was pregnant w twins & lost them. A direct result of lead poisoning. She's here, now. Overstand that. #JUSTICEFORFLINT
— jesseWilliams. (@iJesseWilliams) February 29, 2016
— Vibe Magazine (@VibeMagazine) February 29, 2016