MEET KEVIN WELBECK: LEADER & FOUNDER OF 'CRE8 THE CHANGE'
This is Kevin.
Kevin, tell us some more about yourself.
I'm a Ghanaian-American actor and activist, born and raised in Anaheim, CA.
At the age of 14, I relocated with my family to Fontana, CA where I attended A.B. Miller High School.
After graduating in 2008, I moved to Hollywood to attend AMDA (The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, where I enrolled in their Integrated Musical Theatre Program.
I completed my courses and graduated in 2010. Since then, I have worked in various fields of the entertainment industry as an actor.
In 2019, I started my own production company, FireSpark Pictures.
How'd you get involved in the Black Lives Matter movement?
In 2016, following the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, I, like many others, felt hopeless but knew I had to do something to fight for change and justice regarding police brutality.
I went to Facebook and posted an idea to organize a meeting with anyone else who was sharing similar feelings in order to brainstorm about possible strategies to create change.
By my surprise, over a hundred people with fire and passion showed up and thus, Cre8 the Change was born and officially became a 501(c)3 in 2018.
Since it's founding, Cre8 the Change's mission has been to channel people's passion into practical ways to effect positive social change.
Our focus is in 3 areas: social justice, economic empowerment, and community outreach.
Cre8 the Change has organized events such as protests, justice & law workshops, letter writing parties, voter's workshops, police brutality panels, canvassing workshops, homeownership panels, homeless outreaches, and community events.
You are a leader in this movement, what does this protest mean to you?
The protests that have been going on in support of George Floyd and the countless other black lives mean everything to me.
The pressure is being put on our politicians like never before.
To see people from all of the world come together and support black lives is truly something unexpected and special.
My goal with these protests is to provide people with a safe space to do their part, share their hearts, and demand justice.
By providing peaceful protests, we create a space for opportunities to build relationships with the local law enforcement and the community of protestors and we serve as a bridge to what our future could and should look like.
I truly believe it is going to take all sides to achieve our goals of change and justice.
It is not "black vs blue."
Our enemy is not "all cops," but rather just racist cops, cops who abuse their power, and a system that does not hold them accountable.
In regards to the protest, a lot of beautiful things are taking place all over the world.
We can not let up.
If we are truly wanting to see the change we are striving to create it is only going to happen through commitment, consistency, and collaboration.
Together, change is more in sight than it's ever been before.
How can people help & get involved?
If you would like to get involved visit our website, subscribe to our newsletter and fill out the volunteer survey.
Also, follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up-to-date on everything we have going on.