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Meet the Activists Who Took Center Stage at the Oscars

Taylor Cromwell

Common and Andra Day brought their Oscar-nominated song "Stand Up for Something" to life by inviting 10 activists to share the stage during the 90th annual Academy Awards.

From sparking movements like #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo to advocating for gun and criminal justice reform to speaking their truth as an activist for transgender, women's, and refugee rights, these women and men are spending each day fighting for a better, more equal world.

"These are all people who have fought through their own personal pain to make things better for themselves and for others," Day said. "My prayer is that seeing these people and what they do is that catalyst to find the courage to stand up and to serve. I'm of the opinion that, as people, in our essence, we were designed to serve each other and society at large."

Here's what you should know about the activists:

  1. Dolores Huerta, Founder, United Farm Workers

This is the woman behind the well-known phrase, "Si se puede." As a lifelong activist and a MAKER, Huerta has spent decades fighting for farmworkers' rights. As the founder of United Farm Workers, she helped lead the infamous boycott against the grape industry which helped gain better working conditions for farmworkers.

  1. Tarana Burke, Founder, #MeToo

Burke is the founding force behind #MeToo. Twenty years ago, she helped create a movement long before hashtags. Now, as her message has taken Hollywood and the rest of the world by storm, she continues to fight harassment and give women of all backgrounds a voice.