Angelina Jolie Donated $200K to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
In an effort to address the United States' history of systemic racism and injustice, Angelina Jolie made a $200K donation to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Entertainment Tonight reports. The donation comes after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, among others, and the Black Lives Matter protests that have taken place worldwide.
Jolie has been vocal about her advocacy in the past. She serves as Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and has been working for over two decades to uphold the rights of refugees and displaced people. Her charity work has taken her to Darfur, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, and Tanzania. When she was lauded for her humanitarian work in the past, she told CNN, "You have to just do what you can."
"Rights don't belong to any one group to give to another. Discrimination and impunity cannot be tolerated, explained away or justified. I hope we can come together as Americans to address the deep structural wrongs in our society," Jolie said in a statement accompanying her latest donation. "I stand with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in their fight for racial equality, social justice, and their call for urgent legislative reform."
Since the coronavirus pandemic forced much of the world to self-quarantine, Jolie has committed to helping those facing food scarcity with a donation to No Kid Hungry and urged Congress to increase access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) so that more families could receive assistance.