The Weeknd Just Made A Major Donation To The Black Lives Matter Movement
The Weeknd is using his money to help causes he believes in.
The organization was founded in 2012 after the death of Trayvon Martin in order to address and counteract racism against African Americans.
The Grammy-winning artist tweeted out his support of the movement last month.
enough is enough. it's time to stand up for this. we can either sit and watch, or do something about it. the time is now. #blacklivesmatter
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) July 7, 2016
Only a week earlier, The Weeknd gave $50,000 to the University of Toronto, as a gift to help the school develop an Ethiopic Studies program.
Though he did not attend the university himself, he grew up in Toronto and his parents are from Ethiopia.
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) August 6, 2016
The Weeknd is not the first musical artist to show his support for Black Lives Matter.
Last month, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams and more all participated in a video detailing “23 ways you could be killed if you are black in America.”
Following the Alton Sterling shooting, Drake shared a moving letter on Instagram, writing,
It’s impossible to ignore that the relationship between black and brown communities and law enforcement remains strained.
You can learn more about Black Lives Matter and donate to the movement yourself here.
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