BTS and Big Hit Entertainment’s $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter inspired fans to band together and match giving that amount to BLM and other organizations committed to racial equality.
The loyal BTS ARMY set the #MatchAMillion goal on Saturday (June 6), and by Sunday night, they made it happen. By about 8:45 p.m. ET, donations surpassed $1 million, according to fan collective and charity project One in an ARMY’s donation tracker.
One in an ARMY compiled a card listing places to donate to, using ActBlue to allow supporters to split their funds among Black Lives Matter, Reclaim the Block, National Bail Out, Black Visions Collective, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and more organizations.
“Just like BTS, we were able to donate 1M dollars to help fund: bailouts for those arrested for protesting police brutality, black-led advocacy orgs fighting against systemic injustice, support for the physical and mental health of the black community,” they tweeted upon reaching the impressive sum. (Learn more about One in an ARMY, and see past campaigns they have coordinated, here.)
Earlier in the week, BTS released a statement on social media in support of the Black Lives Matter movement: “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together. #BlackLivesMatter.”
ARMY— One in an ARMY? Charity Project ? (@OneInAnARMY) June 8, 2020
It's really amazing to see so many of you coming together to support #BlackLivesMatter. Thank you so much to everyone who donated, shared, used the hastag and helped by any means to make this possible! pic.twitter.com/FqUNfsWsIz
Just like BTS, we were able to donate 1M dollars to help fund:— One in an ARMY? Charity Project ? (@OneInAnARMY) June 8, 2020
?bailouts for those arrested for protesting police brutality
?black-led advocacy orgs fighting against systemic injustice
?support for the physical and mental health of the black commmunity