*The Oscar night benefit for residents affected by lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan raised nearly $156,000, announced Blackout for Human Right’s #JusticeForFlint on Tuesday.
About 2,000 people attended the event, the organization stated. Filmmaker and founding Blackout member Ryan Coogler, the director of “Creed,” says more than 4,000 people sent in online donations.
Blackout is a collective that addresses human rights violations. Flintwas under state financial control in 2014 when it switched from Detroit’s water system to the Flint River to save money. Corrosive water from the river leached lead from old water lines into some homes.
Tests have shown high lead levels in some Flint children.
The fundraiser held Sunday was attended by Coogler, director Ava DuVernay, singer Janelle Monae and other celebrities.