This weekend, BTS and Big Hit Entertainment donated a total of $1 million to Black Lives Matter organizations. Inspiring their loyal BTS ARMY to set the #MatchAMillion goal to band together and match the donation amount to BLM and other organizations committed to racial equality.
The power of a fandom is quite incredible, as the goal was set on Saturday (June 6), and by Sunday night, they made it happen, and then some. According to fan collective and charity project One in an ARMY's donation tracker, by around 8:45PM ET, donations surpassed the $1 million mark they had set.
With the use go ActBlue, One in an ARMY compiled a card listing places to donate to, allowing supporters to split their donation among Black Lives Matter, Reclaim the Block, National Bail Out, Black Visions Collective, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and more organizations.
Upon reaching their intended goal One in an ARMY tweeted out, ”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.”
And that’s not all the K-pop Kings were up to this weekend.
On Sunday, BTS took part in "Dear Class of 2020," giving this year's graduates a virtual mini-concert as part of the after party on YouTube.
The superstars' set list for the special event in honor of the graduating class featured a medley of "Boy With Luv," "Spring Day" and "Mikrokosmos." BTS held their performance at National Museum of Korea, styling in suits they showed off their impeccable moves, after sharing inspirational messages and their own graduation stories during the internet ceremony.
"Today, we might not have flowers, and we might not have graduation caps," RM told the class of 2020. "What we do have is possibly the most special graduation ceremony in history. Never before have so many gathered to celebrate a graduating class for their achievements and their dreams… Wherever you are, you will all soon be breaking out of one world to soar into another.”
He continued, “as musicians, we are pulling ourselves together by making music. We write songs, we produce, and we practice, as we think about the people we love. And it connects to the world during such difficult times, and with music, we hope we can bring you smiles and courage again.”
This year's virtual graduation, streamed on YouTube, was filled with star-studded appearances - including commencement speeches delivered by BTS, as well as Barack and Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and more. As the ceremony wrapped, BTS, CNCO and Megan Thee Stallion celebrated this year's grads with an after party.
Watch BTS' performance below.