The death of Alton Sterling at the hands of Louisiana police officers has left many Americans feeling outraged and helpless — but writer and actress Issa Rae found a meaningful way to help the grieving family.
After hearing about Sterling’s death, Rae (best known for her work on “Awkward Black Girl“ and “Insecure“) had the idea to set up a college scholarship fund for Sterling’s five children, Vulture reports. She got in touch with the family’s lawyer and set up a GoFundMe page with a fundraising goal of $200,000. Thanks to thousands of backers, the campaign met its goal in just 9 hours.
As of this writing, more than 11,000 backers have contributed more than $300,000 to the Sterling children. On Twitter, Rae stressed that 100% of the money raised goes directly to the family. The GoFundMe is still accepting donations, and you can make one right here.
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