Keke Palmer, the 26-year-old actress, recently went viral for her speech while protesting for the Black Lives Matter movement. But Palmer’s eloquence in that Twitter video should be no surprise. After all, the True Jackson star says this one thing is all she ever strived for.
The creator of the ‘Sorry to this man’ meme, Keke Palmer is known for movies and TV shows
In a 2020 Harper’s Bazaar interview with Keke Palmer, they reported on her long career in Hollywood — long, especially for a 26-year-old. It helps, of course, that Palmer’s family moved to LA when she was just 9. However, even by that age, Palmer was already very invested in using her voice.
Attending a school called St. Benedict Preparatory in Illinois, the young actress told Harper’s that she was “maybe the only minority kid in [her] class.”
While it was tricky for Palmer at first, she quickly came to understand code-switching.
“I think that was the first time that I realized, ‘Oh, is there a different dialect?’” Palmer recalled of her time at the school.
But she learned a lot — and has used it to her advantage since.
The former Nickelodeon actress has been learning to use her voice from an early age
“I sound like an old lady a little bit,” Palmer also admitted to Harper’s Bazaar. “That’s kinda like my temperament.”
However, Palmer’s self-deprecating joke doesn’t dismiss the power of her voice.
“My mom always wanted me to be articulate, but she never told me I had to change my affect or pretend to be someone I was not,” she said. That’s probably with the actress/singer speaks so eloquently as a young adult.
“All I ever cared about was being able to articulate myself,” Palmer told the magazine. “Having a strong vocabulary, so I can read people, without curse words.”
Keke Palmer asked the National Guard to march with BLM protestors in a viral Twitter video
At a recent LA protest, the actress was recorded on video using her immaculate ability to “read people.” (Of course, sans swear words.) In it, Palmer askes the National Guardsmen assigned to the demonstration to protest alongside them. (Palmer was attending a protest in response to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis).
A reporter from NBC, Gadi Schwartz, shared the video on Twitter, where it was rewtweeted and liked thousands of times.
“We need you,” Palmer says to a group of National Guardsmen. “So march with us. March beside us. You get your people. March beside us. March beside us. Let the revolution be televised.”
Palmer continues to plead: “We start marching, and you march with us. Please.” The other BLM protestors break out in cheers, supporting Palmer’s plea. When another demonstrator asks the Guardsmen to kneel, they do.
But it’s not exactly adequate for Palmer.
“I don’t know,” she says. “That ain’t enough for me.”