‘My mother taught me to refuse hate:’ Tyler Perry accepts humanitarian award, gives powerful speech

Media mogul Tyler Perry was honored Sunday during the 93rd Academy Awards.

The group that puts on the Oscars decided to give the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Perry for the “widespread generosity” that they’ve witnessed amid the pandemic, the AP reported.

The award is given to an “individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

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Among a number of kind acts, Perry created a safe way for people to return to work at his Tyler Perry Studios amid the COVID-19 pandemic and helped those in the entertainment industry that were also impacted by it.

As he accepted the huge honor Sunday, Perry took the opportunity to give a powerful speech on refusing hate.

Prior to his acceptance speech, he told the AP he hopes it inspires people to meet in the middle and “get to a place where we’re showing love and kindness to each other again.”

Watch his speech in its entirety below: