Selma star Wendell Pierce led his fellow co-stars in a public protest on Sunday by wearing tees referencing the police killing of Eric Garner.
Pierce joined forces with co-stars including David Oyelowo, E. Roger Mitchell, Andre Holland and Lorraine Toussaint, and director Ava DuVernay to wear black T-shirts with the words, “I can’t breathe” printed across the chest. They all posed for a group photo in their shirts on the steps of the New York Public Library, while holding up their hands.
The snap was taken shortly before the group headed to the Ziegfeld Theater for the Selma premiere, where Pierce also wore his shirt for the red carpet.
The pre-premiere protest took place a day after thousands of activists took to the streets of the Big Apple to take part in the Millions March NYC, another demonstration over the Garner and Brown killings.
Oyelowo, who plays human rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, recently expressed his hope that his movie would inspire campaigners to keep the protests peaceful.
He told The Hollywood Reporter, “Thankfully, we’re seeing a lot of the same good sides of protests happening with these protests – i.e. that they are non-violent, and that we are now seeing black and white and everything in between coming together against injustice. I think that the next step for us to be able to really articulate our demands. What is it we want out of this? In Selma, it was voting rights, and now it’s police reform. We needed federal intervention for the verdict situation (in Selma); I would say we need the same thing for the police. Who’s going to police the police? We really need to press to the government that this cannot go on.”
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