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Grey's Anatomy Star Jesse Williams on His Powerful BET Awards Speech: I Want People to Know 'They Are Not Alone'

Originally posted 06/27/2016 07:20PM

Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams says his powerful speech at Sunday's 2016 BET Awards was about letting people know they aren't alone.

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6 Things You Didn't See on TV During the 2016 BET Awards

6 Things You Didn't See on TV During the 2016 BET Awards

Originally posted 06/27/2016 04:45PM

The 2016 BET Awards just might have been the most epic in the network's history. What other event can boast a surprise appearance from Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar – as the opener! The energy level just skyrocketed from there, with incendiary musical tributes to Prince, Jesse Williams' powerful speech on racial injustice, and hilarious sketches from hosts Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Grey's Anatomy Actor Jesse Williams' Passion for Activism

Originally posted 06/27/2016 12:20PM

On Sunday, Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams was awarded the Humanitarian Award and delivered a powerful speech at the 2016 BET Awards.

The actor-activist spoke out about racial issues, social justice and even cultural appropriation in the applaud-inducing speech – the address prompted a Twitter debate and even landed Justin Timberlake in the hot seat after he tweeted about the speech.

"Freedom is somehow always conditional here," he said. " 'You're free,' they keep telling us … freedom is always coming in the hereafter, but, you know what, though? The hereafter is a hustle. We want it now."

Even though he is one of the biggest stars on Grey's Anatomy (he plays Dr. Jackson Avery) Williams tends to stay out of the spotlight and keep his personal life private – except when it comes to social justice.

The moving address was just a small extension of Williams' activism, as he has long been an active member of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Here are five things you need to know about the Chicago native and his fight for equal rights.

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Laila Ali Honors Father Muhammad Ali at BET Awards with Emotional Tribute: 'It's Nice to See All the Love Everyone Has for My Father'

Laila Ali Honors Father Muhammad Ali at BET Awards with Emotional Tribute

Originally posted 06/27/2016 11:00AM

To Laila Ali, the People's Champion was simply "Dad."

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Justin Timberlake Apologizes After Backlash over Tweet About Jesse Williams' Speech at the 2016 BET Awards

Originally posted 06/27/2016 07:45AM

Justin Timberlake ignited a social media storm on Sunday after tweeting about a moving speech delivered by Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams at the 2016 BET Awards.

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Grey's Anatomy Star Jesse Williams Delivers Powerful Speech on Racial Injustice at 2016 BET Awards

Originally posted 06/27/2016 08:55AM

Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams delivered a powerful speech at the 2016 BET Awards on Sunday.

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Jennifer Hudson, Sheila E., Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monáe and More Honor Prince with Stunning BET Awards Tributes

Originally posted 06/27/2016 12:15AM

Two months after Prince's tragic passing, some of the biggest names in R&B came together at the BET Awards to pay tribute to the musical trailblazer. Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Janelle Monáe, the Roots, and Sheila E. all brought their best to multiple musical medleys, which ran throughout the night, highlighting hits from the Purple One's legendary career.

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Toni Braxton and Rapper Birdman Put Love on Display at the BET Awards

Toni Braxton and Rapper Birdman Put Love on Display at the BET Awards

Originally posted 06/26/2016 11:40PM

Get ready to show a whole new level of respek to Birdman! The Cash Money Records rapper and Toni Braxton are putting their buzzed about romance on display.

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