Activist and rapper Talib Kweli joined the Dream Defenders today, their 24th day at the Capitol advocating for changes to the state's Stand Your Ground law. Kweli told the group that he was not here because of his music or fame, but because he felt the pull of their cause.
"My hope is that by your example the artists and the celebrities and the politicians and the athletes and the people who were raised to know the difference step up," he told the group while perched on a couch in Gov. Rick Scott's office. " Because it's really on us, I think you've got the right idea."
Kweli is well known in the hip hop community despite his lack of crossover success. His music contains socially conscious lyrics, with common themes of racism and poverty.
He said he learned about the sit-in from Harry Belafonte, who joined the Dream Defenders for a night in the Capitol last month. Kweli plans to spend the night, too.
Dozens of young activists, many wearing Florida A&M and Florida State university paraphernalia, crowded into the governor's office to hear Kweli during a press conference this afternoon. Then he spent another half hour listening to their concerns about Florida's laws and racism.
Some highlights from his remarks:
On what it's like to join the Dream Defenders in Tallahassee: