Jesse Williams to Receive Humanitarian Award at 2016 BET Awards

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Jesse Williams is set to receive the Humanitarian Award at this year’s 2016 BET Awards show.

The 34-year-old actor has been on the front lines of the Black Lives Matter movement and has been an active supporter for the cause. He also stood with thousands of protesters in Ferguson to call attention to the unwarranted death of Mike Brown. He also aims to raise awareness about the treatment of Black Lives in America with his new documentary, “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement.”

“Williams uses his celebrity platform to shine a light on the injustices of our society and became an outspoken advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement,” BET said in a press release. “Jesse has proven to be a true pioneer of our generation and he is a refreshing new face of activism during a time of crisis in this country.”

The actor is currently combining his love of the art and social activism, by bringing the story of fellow activist and singer Harry Belafonte to the big screen.

The BET Awards will air this Sunday with returning hosts Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross. There will also be a special tribute to Prince, with Janelle Monáe, Sheila E., D’Angelo, and The Roots set to take the stage to honor the late artist.

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