Black Lives Matter – Celebrities and public figures are making their own move to pile up funds and gather donations for the bereaved family of George Floyda and the Black Lives Matter Movement. With their connections, enormous fanbases and power, they make sure that will use the voice for the good and benefit of American citizens. Big stars like Taylor Swift, Arian Grande, Shawn Mendes, Lady Gaga and other big names in the music industry have paved efforts to make a noise for the injustices happening.
Another catch is, the biggest Korean boy group, BTS have also extended $1 million donation. Like the K-pop idols, their fandom have also gathered themselves to raise funds too.
When the BTS Army gathers, they mean serious business is coming.
Yes, you heard it right, the BTS fans match band’s $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter movement and the first music fandom to initiate this kind of philanthropic act as of the moment.
After BTS, the biggest boy K-pop band declared their sympathy and strong solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and followed up with a $1 million donation for the said cause, the BTS Army (official fandom name of BTS) fans are following the steps of their idol. Last week, The BTS Army have creatively set the trend for a cause and #MatchAMillion goal on Saturday and surprisingly by Sunday night, they had made it happen with donations surpassing $1 million in an instant.
With the heart of extending their effort to gather a certain amount, their connections to initiate the gathering of donation for the said movement, One in an Army, which is a volunteer organization comprised of members of the band’s global fanbase, put together a card listing places to donate to. Through ActBlue, supporters were able to split their funds among Black Lives Matter, Reclaim the Block, National Bail Out, Black Visions Collective, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and other organizations.
One in an Army tweeted after reaching the million-dollar goal. “Just like BTS, we were able to donate 1M dollars to help fund: bailouts for those arrested for protesting police brutality, black-led advocacy orgs fighting against systemic injustice, support for the physical and mental health of the black community,”
Moreover, Big Hit Entertainment, the band’s original contribution was made with the aid of their management company.
“Black people all over the world are in pain at this moment from the trauma of centuries of oppression,” said Kailee Scales, managing director for Black Lives Matter, in a statement. “We are moved by the generosity of BTS and allies all over the world who stand in solidarity in the fight for Black lives.”
To help combat systemic racism, please consider donating to these organizations:
Campaign Zero, which is dedicated to ending police brutality in America through research-based strategies.
Color of Change, which works to move decision makers in corporations and government to be more responsive to racial disparities.
Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal services to people who have been wrongly convicted, denied a fair trial, or abused in state jails and prisons.
The K-pop group, BTS was also part together with other stars like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Beyonce and other big names in Sunday’s YouTube’s Class of 2020 compilation of graduation commencement speeches, led by Barack and Michelle Obama. The artists expressed their positivity despite of the unfortunate happenings in the country. They would like to commence the Class of 2020 for their efforts and hardwork despite of the global pandemic.
We can see how big stars took part in the cause. Hence, their artistry in music does not only conform to recording studios and massive stadium concerts, but they can be the best influence for us to make a change.