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Jesse Williams Gave An Incredibly Powerful Speech About Race At The BET Awards

"Freedom is always coming in the hereafter ... We want it now."

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On Sunday night, Jesse Williams was honored when he received the Humanitarian Award at the 2016 BET Awards.

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Right after Williams acknowledged some of the most important people in his life — including his parents, his wife, and fellow actors — he spoke at length about the everyday people who often go unrecognized for their charitable work.

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This was also a way for him to talk openly about race in the U.S.

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Williams' speech touched on a number of topics. From black women in America...

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...to police brutality.

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In an especially poignant moment, he talked about Tamir Rice, a young boy who was killed by police in November 2014.

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After that, he gave the names of others who lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement officers, like Eric Garner and Sandra Bland.

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All before ending his incredible speech just as powerful as he started it.

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Watch the full video here.

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