Creed Director Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay and Hannibal Buress Holding Benefit Event for Flint, Michigan

Flint Water Crisis: Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Hannibal Buress Holding Event
From left: Ryan Coogler, Hannibal Buress and Ava DuVernay
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02/24/2016 AT 12:40 PM EST

Celebrities continue to lend their support to the people of Flint, Michigan, amid the clean water crisis affecting the community.

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.
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