Jesse Williams BET 2016: The Speech That Left Us All Speechless

The Grey's Anatomy actor's powerful words have sent us reeling

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Jesse Williams - a.k.a. Dr Jackson Avery  on ABC television series Grey's Anatomy - just slayed the audience of the 2016 BET awards with a powerful, heartfelt acceptance speech.

And if you haven't seen it yet, prepare to feel all the feels. 

The BET Awards stand for Black Entertainment Television and are a celebration of the achievements of African Americans and other minorities in the fields of tv, music, acting and other entertainment genres. 

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The 34-year-old actor was presented with a humanitarian award for his social activism in America and the speech he delivered in acceptance was fierce and proud and full of the vim and vigour you might expect from the denouement of a block buster film.

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Of the choice lines, there was this one:

A system that is built to divide and impoverish and destroy us cannot stand if we do - Jesse Williams

We love that he gave a particular nod to the black women of the world, who he recognised for nurturing "everyone before themselves," adding, "we can and will be better for you."

Watch the full speech below: 

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