On December 6th. pop star Lizzo accepted the “People’s Champion Award” at the People’s Choice Awards 2022. But she did something very unique and special with her time on camera for her acceptance speech. She immediately switched the focus of the night off of her and onto the accomplishments of 17 activists, who she brought with her on stage. One by one, she introduced and proclaimed why their work was important.
You can watch the full speech below or you can watch the abridged, more shareable version on TikTok here.
CN: this video contains brief mentions of homelessness, hate crimes, loss of life due to mass shootings, abortion, gender violence, and racial violence. The video contains overall empowering, but emotional content.
I was brought to tears by how moving the display of power, skill, and dedication was. My first thought after I finished watching the speech was “I need to follow all these people on social media.” And my next thought was, “Other people should too.”
If you are interested in activism but unsure of how to go deeper, one of the first things I recommend you do is to follow marginalized people and activists that represent marginalized people on social media. Follow people that say things that make you feel uncomfortable, that you don’t fully understand, that you don’t agree with. If you want to avoid an echo chamber, don’t just follow bigots. Follow the people who actually have lived experiences you have not, and have things to say that you’ve never heard before.
So here’s my contribution to Lizzo’s amazing speech and the incredible work of all these activists. I have collated the social media handles and websites of all of them and put them in one place. Go follow them. All of them.
Note: In some cases, the instagram handle listed on Lizzo’s TikTok is for the organization the activist is associated with, but they also have an individual account. If it looks like they do activism on both and make the individual profile easy to find, then I’m including both. I also didn’t include accounts attached to these names that appears to be old, inactive, purely personal, or contained no content.
Emiliana Guereca (Women’s March)
Esther Young Lim
Felicia ‘Fe’ Montes
Jayla Rose Sullivan
Kara Roselle Smith
Facebook: Maggie Mireles-Thomas
Crystal Echo Hawk
Tamika L. Palmer
Go follow all of them!
About the writer: Kella Hanna-Wayne is the creator, editor, and main writer for Yopp. In addition to creating a collection of educational resources for social justice, she works as a freelance writer specializing in content about her experience with disability, chronic illness, mental health, and trauma. Her work has been published in Ms. Magazine blog, The BeZine, Betty’s Battleground, and Splain You a Thing. You can find her @KellaHannaWayne on Facebook, Twitter, Medium, and Instagram.
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