Watch: Amandla Stenberg’s acceptance speech at BET’s ‘Black Girls Rock’

At the BET Awards’ 10th Annual Black Girls Rock! ceremony last Tuesday, actress Amandla Stenberg was presented with the Young, Gifted and Black Award.

Amandla made a powerful acceptance speech. Click on the image below to watch.

Amandla also attended the WE Day California event on April 7. Besides speaking on-stage, she talked about having a voice and more in a quick interview.

WWD: You’re very vocal, so how would you suggest that kids find their voice?
A.S.: I think it begins small. You don’t have to start an organization in order for your work to be valid; you can just have a conversation with your friends and navigate in a space. As you become more passionate about a certain topic you care about, your reach becomes farther, but it all starts with something small.

WWD: What sparked your interest in change?
A.S.: My parents have always been knowledgeable about the way society is structured and taught me about that, and my passion to speak out about it comes from within. [Being an actress] gives me the space and freedom to talk about the things that I care about.

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