A GoFundMe campaign started by actress Issa Rae, dedicated to raising college funds for the kids of slained Alton Sterling's has raised more than $648,000 - far exceeding its $200,000 goal.
Actress Issa Rae launched the online fundraiser on Wednesday after a video capturing the Louisiana man’s final moments the day before sparked outrage. She said that some people feel helpless when these things happen, but that a scholarship fund for his children would be a small step forward.
Rae, who is known for her YouTube show “Awkward Black Girl,” said that the page raised $100,000 in just six hours. That figure doubled three hours later. As of Saturday morning, more than 22,000 people raised $648,310.
She said that all of the money would go to Sterling’s family so that his five children can pay for college.
Sterling’s death was one of several that revealed old wounds that many say have not fully healed in the United States. It reawakened a national conversation about the Black Lives Matter movement and policing in African-American communities.