#JusticeForFlint: 'Creed' director hosts free concert to aid victims of water crisis

Comedian Hannibal Buress hosted the #JusticeForFlint event. (Photos by Ebony Stith)

FLINT, Mich. (WEYI) -- "Creed" director Ryan Coogler says he came to Flint to help the community have their voices heard.

On Oscar night, instead of sitting in the audience at the 88th Academy Awards, he wanted to come to Flint to lend his support. He brought along other celebrities to perform at the free event. Local residents were asked to share their personal experience dealing with the water crisis.

During the event viewers and audience members could donate by texting the word JUSTICE to 83224.

Coogler said, "What we are doing is using this as a community platform where folks from the Flint community will get up and have their voices be heard as well and it's a day of entertainment, a day of release for the people of Flint."

Mayor Karen Weaver and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha were also in attendance.

Dr. Mona said, "Our work is just beginning, our work is beginning and it will continue for decades to come."

Mayor Weaver also spoke to the crowd and thanked the organizers for supporting the community with a "wonderful night of entertainment" and supporting the Flint residents with a free concert.

Some of the performers included Janelle Monae, Ledisi, Jussie Smollett of FOX's "Empire", Jazmine Sullivan and Robert Gasper.

"Grey's Anatomy" star Jessie Williams said he came to Flint to help raise awareness.

Williams said, "The most important reason we came here was to use that platform that we have to give them the microphone to articulate their narrative and their stories which sadly still needs to happen for experiences like this to be humanized."