Award-winning film producer, Tyler Perry. Picture: Instagram.
Film director and producer Tyler Perry touched the hearts of many young black people with his acceptance speech a t the BET Awards held in Los Angeles in the US on Sunday night. The actor won the Ultimate Icon award and shared his story of why he built his studio at one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Atlanta. 

“When I built my studio I built it in a neighborhood that is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Atlanta so that young black kids could see that a black man did that and they can do it too. 

“The studio was once a confederate army base which meant that there were confederate soldiers on that base plotting and planning on how to keep 3,9 million negros enslaved. And today that land is owned by 1 negro,’ said Perry. 

WATCH: Tyler Perry's acceptance speech


Young black people took to Twitter and tweeted quotes from Perry’s speech. These are some of our favourites.