John Legend And Other Stars Who Made A Difference At The Keep Families Together Rallies
Legend, Chrissy Teigen, and Lin-Manuel Miranda were just a sampling of the big names who spoke at protests across the US.
On Saturday, June 30, 2018, citizens across the country protested Trump's immigration policies by turning up for Families Belong Together rallies. Many celebrities gave rousing speeches and performances to protest the president's no-tolerance border policy. Model Chrissy Teigen honored her immigrant mother while her husband, John Legend, debuted a new song during one of the many Los Angeles events. Actress America Ferrera and singer Alicia Keys got real with moving speeches at the enormous Washington, DC rally, while songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda offered up his vocal talents for the crowd.
Check out each star's contribution.
"I'm incredibly proud to be a daughter of an immigrant," Teigen told the crowd while she stood with her mother and two children, Miles and Luna. "My mother grew up in a very small village in Thailand... we love that the American story is filled with people who come from all over the world to have a better life here. America at its best is big, beautiful, and diverse. It's not small, it's not petty, and it's not exclusive, like Mar-a-Lago."
Here's Teigen's speech in full:
"[I'm here] not as a comedian, not as an actor, not as a filmmaker, but as a proud citizen of Mexico and a proud member of the United States," the Overboard star said. "While I have only lived in this country for a few years, I've traveled here for work for almost two decades. Like every immigrant group that came before us, community means so much to this country, cultural diversity, and hard work."
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"Human rights should not have a border," the artist told the LA crowd. "The road of success is always under construction. We are the builders [and] the constructors of that path."
"If you're committed to this kind of love, it means you believe in justice, but it's not easy," Legend said. "It's not a passive activity, it requires you opening your eyes to injustice. To see the world through the eyes of another you've got to read; you've got to travel to other neighborhoods and other parts of the world. You may have to get your hands dirty. You can't just talk about it or tweet about it. You've got to do something."
After he spoke, he launched into the debut performance of his new song, "Preach."
"I am here not only as a brand new mother, but as the proud child of Honduran immigrants and not only an American who sees it as her duty to be here defending justice," Ferrera proclaimed at the D.C. rally. "I am here as a human being with a beating heart, who can feel pain, who understands compassion and who can easily imagine what it must feel like to struggle the way families are struggling right now."
"Our democracy is at stake. Our humanity is at stake. We are out here to save the soul of our nation," Keys stated while on stage with her son.
The legendary performer sang a version of "Dear Theodosia" from his musical, Hamilton, at the nation's capital.
Other famous faces also attended various marches to show their solidarity.