Queen Bey delivered a very important speech during her “One World: Together At Home” virtual appearance on Saturday where she took the time to thank essential workers and highlight the effects of the coronavirus on blacks in America. Global Citizen, the World Health Organisation (WHO), and Lady Gaga came together to hold the virtual fundraiser, which featured a wide range of celebs, all coming together for the cause.
“Tonight, we celebrate true heroes, those who are making the ultimate sacrifice to keep us all safe, fed, and healthy,” Bey began.
“To the doctors, the nurses, and other healthcare workers who are away from their families, taking care of ours, we continue to pray for your safety.” She then acknowledged essential workers in other industries who are actively working to ensure that citizens continue to have the essential services that they need. “To those in the food industry, mail carriers, and sanitation employees, who are working so that we can be safe in our homes, we thank you for your selfless service.”
Bey also took a moment to emphasize the fact that African Americans are the most hard hit population, succumbing to the coronavirus at alarming rates.
“Black Americans disproportionately belong to these essential parts of the workforce that do not have the luxury of working from home. And African American communities at large have been severely affected in this crisis. Those with preexisting conditions are at an even higher risk. This virus is killing black people in an alarmingly high rate here in America. A recent report from my home city Houston, Texas it showed that COVID-19 deaths within Houston city limits, 57 percent of fatal cases are African American.”
Beyoncé closed by urging viewers to take proper precautions and also emphasized that we are all in this together.
“Please protect yourselves,” she urged. “We are one family, and we need you. We need your voices, your abilities, and your strength all over this world. I know it’s very hard, but be patient, stay encouraged, stay positive, and continue to pray for our heroes. Goodnight, and God bless you.”
Check out Bey’s inspiring speech below.