Oscars: 10 Activists Joined Common and Andra Day for "Stand Up for Something" Performance

The activists, representing Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood and more, stood alongside the artists during their performance of the Oscar-nominated song from 'Marshall.'

Common and Andra Day weren't the only ones on the Oscars stage during their performance of the nominated song "Stand Up for Something" from Marshall.

Ten activists joined them, all of whom were personally contacted by Common and Day. 

Common tweeted a list of the activists, which included representatives from Black Lives Matter, Planned Parenthood, the #MeToo movement, Sandy Hook Promise and more. 

"If it’s one thing I learned from being a part of Selma it's that an activist is someone who lives their life for what they believe in and works for that cause every day,” Common said in a statement prior to tonight's show. "The activists we asked to join us onstage are people who have dedicated their lives to making the world better. For some because their own personal experiences have driven them to this place, and some because they’ve seen the injustices going on in the world and felt they had to take action."

Day added that she was "truly honored to share the stage with such powerful people." 

"Common and I wanted to show people who are working every day in the trenches to transform perceptions, circumstances, legislation, social and political landscapes, and bring hope to the hopeless," Day said. 

Dave Chappelle introduced the duo, also paying tribute to Marshall's subject, the first black Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom he called a "true civil rights legend and a personal hero" of his. 

Common referenced numerous political issues throughout the performance and his introductory spoken word piece, including "Tell the NRA, they're in God's way." 

Learn more about the activists below.

Bana Al-abed

Al-abed is an eight-year-old Syrian Refugee who is known for regularly tweeting about the siege of Aleppo, and her recently released book Dean World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace.

Jose Andres

Andres is a chef who helped feed Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and author of We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time.

Tarana Burke

Burke is a civil rights activist and founder of the #MeToo movement, which aims to stop sexual violence.

Patrisse Cullors

Cullors co-founded the Black Lives Matter movement and started a grassroots group — Dignity and Power Now — that fights for incarcerated people, their families, and communities.

Nicole Hockley

Hockley is the managing director at Sandy Hook Promise, an organization formed to stop gun violence after the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where one of the victims was her son Dylan Hockley.

Dolores Huerta

Huerta is a civil rights activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers.

Janet Mock

Mock is a transgender activist who founded #GirlsLikeUs to empower trans women. She's also written two books and was the first trans woman of color to write and produce for television with Ryan Murphy's Pose.

Alice Brown Otter

Otter is 14-years-old and gained recognition when she ran 1,519 miles from Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to Washington, D.C. to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Cecile Richards

Richards was the president of Planned Parenthood for more than 12 years, who continues to advocate for women's causes.

Bryan Stevenson

Stevenson is a lawyer, social justice advocate and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, which aims to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment, confront racial inequality and more.

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