Celebrities become loudest voices amid protests across the country

Stars from movies, music and more are marching alongside advocates and using their platforms to call for justice after the death of George Floyd.
2:59 | 06/04/20

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All right, now we're turning to celebrities who are using their platforms to fight for change from Meghan Markle encouraging the class of 2020 to "Star wars" star John boyega and his passionate protest. Adrienne Bankert is here with more. Good morning, Adrienne. Reporter: Good morning to you, too, Lahr R it's been a week where activists are calling on celebrities to put their typical posts on social media on pause and instead get involved. At some marches around the woshl the most famous are the loudest voices. This morning, John boyega, one of the stars of "Star wars," his impassioned speech to protesters in London's Hyde park taking over the internet. Reporter: Celebrities now using their fame to amplify the cause by marching and sharing We're standing here, we're doing nothing and they're still advancing. We're doing nothing. Reporter: Singer Halsey with protesters in Los Angeles attending to one of the wounded after she says that they were shot with rubber bullets. Ariana grande in a post that read, we chanted, people beeped and cheered along. We were passionate. We were loud, we were loving. And Beyonce speaking directly to her hive. Please sign the petition and continue to pray for peace, compassion and healing for our country. Reporter: Even the duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle speaking out overnight in a speech to her former high school. The only wrong thing to say is to say nothing because George Floyd's life mattered. Reporter: With so many Americans taking to the streets, are these celebrity voices making an impact? Communications professor Christopher Smith at the university of southern California says, yes, they can be helpful. If they're out there truly on the front lines with tear gas flying and, you know, national Guard on the March, that's a profound statement of solidarity and risk taking. Reporter: Today's protests a mirror of the civil rights marches of the 1960s. Back then celebrities like Sammy Davis Jr., Harry belafonte and Aretha Franklin helped finance the civil rights movement. Celebrities had a very legitimizing impact on the movement in the '60s. They sort of brokered the sort of acceptance of the movement for more mainstream white Americans. Reporter: Today so many more are speaking out about the need for change. One example, country music titan Garth brooks sharing that it's about coming together. Nobody can walk in the shoes of somebody if you're not the same color, if you don't do the same job, all this stuff, so, again, tolerance, patience, keep that passion, keep focused and chase the truth. Reporter: He talked about the strongest weapon being love right now. Meanwhile, actor and activist Kendrick Sampson protesting calling for the defunding of police and announced mayor Eric garcetti will slash the LAPD's budget by more than $100 million. Lara.

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