BET recognized Justin Blackman, Anthony Borges, Mamoudou Gassama, Shaun King, James Shaw Jr. and Naomi Wadler.

The 2018 BET Awards honored several heroes on Sunday night whom presenter John Legend described as “individuals who’ve had the opportunity in their everyday lives to do something unexpected and impactful for our community.”

Justin Blackman, Anthony Borges, Mamoudou Gassama, Shaun King, James Shaw Jr. and Naomi Wadler were all honored as BET’s first-ever Humanitarian Heroes.

The recipients of BET’s first-ever Humanitarian Heroes awards: Anthony Borges, James Shaw Jr., Justin Blackman, Mamoudou Gassama, Naomi Wadler and Shaun King.

“Everyone has an opportunity to be extraordinary, don’t be afraid to be a hero,” said Legend of the honorees.

For a refresher on who these honorees are, you can read more below:

Teenager Justin Blackman was the sole student of roughly 700 enrolled at Wilson Preparatory Academy in North Carolina who participated in the March 14 walkout to protest gun violence. He spent 17 minutes outside the school to demonstrate alone in memoriam of the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting just one month before.

Anthony Borges seen on April 6 still recovering from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School two months earlier.

Mamoudou Gassama has been referred to a real-life Spider-Man for his incredible climbing feat in Paris, France, last month. The 22-year-old Malian native rescued a 4-year-old dangling from a fourth-floor balcony. Of the heroic moment, Gassama told Le Parisien: “I did not think of the floors … I did not think of the risk. I did it because it’s a child.”

Mamoudou Gassama talks to media during a meeting with Mali’s president on June 18.

Activist and journalist Shaun King is a columnist for The Intercept and the Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project. The 38-year-old has frequently spoken out on social media about violence or harassment toward people of color and has helped police identify and arrest violent white supremacists.

2018 BET Awards – Show – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 24/06/2018 – John Legend (not pictured) introduces six people for “Hero’s Row,” (from R) James Shaw Jr., Naomi Wadler, Mamoudou Gassama, Justin Blackman, Shaun King and Anthony Borges. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *