Creed director Ryan Coogler is teaming up with Hannibal Buress, Ava DuVernay, Janelle Monae and Jesse Williams for an event addressing the city's ongoing water crisis called #JUSTICEFORFLINT. Presented by Coogler's activist collective Blackout for Human Rights, the event will be free for the public to attend.
"With the #JUSTICEFORFLINT benefit event we will give a voice to the members of the community who were the victims of the choices of people in power who are paid to protect them, as well as provide them with a night of entertainment, unity and emotional healing," Coogler told BuzzFeed. "Through the live stream we will also give a chance for people around the world to participate, and to donate funds to programs for Flint's youth."
The community of Flint has been without clean drinking water since mid-2015, causing the issue to escalate into a state of emergency after a number of children suffered lead poisoning from drinking water.
The event will take place on Sunday, Feb. 28 – the same day as the Academy Awards, where Creed was widely viewed as being snubbed. But Coogler said the overlap of the two events was merely a coincidence, and the date was chosen because it fell on the final weekend of Black History Month.
Along with Coogler and those participating in #JUSTICEFORFLINT, a handful of A-list starts including Laverne Cox, Mark Wahlberg and Madonna have also spoken out about the issue.