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Power Couple Amal and George Clooney Donate $1 Million to Fight “Bigotry and Hate”

Amal George ClooneyThe actor opened up about his own learning curve as a first-time father to 3-month-old twins. (Shutterstock.com)

The Clooneys have conviction. Amal and George Clooney announced their plans this week to donate $1 million to combat hate groups in the wake of the white supremacist rallies that have impacted parts of the country and the world. The couple, in conjunction with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Clooney Foundation for Justice, are donating the hefty grant to help civil rights organizations stand against extremism in the country.

“Amal and I wanted to add our voice (and financial assistance) to the ongoing fight for equality,” the A-list actor said in a statement. “There are no two sides to bigotry and hate.”

The donation to the SPLC was made in the wake of recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, which claimed the life of counter-protester Heather Heyer. “We are proud to support the Southern Poverty Law Center in its efforts to prevent violent extremism in the United States,” the power couple continued. “What happened in Charlottesville, and what is happening in communities across our country, demands our collective engagement to stand up to hate.”

The human rights lawyer, 39, and her husband, 56, speak out often about global issues and the impact on underdeveloped communities. “She’s someone that I enjoy spending every minute of the day with and I’m very proud to be around, watching the things that she does I admire so greatly,” the actor previously told BBC of his wife. “I’ve always been involved in things other than this business long before I was successful at it, but she’s been doing it kind of quietly and unheralded for a long, long period of time.”

Still, they tend to personally shy away from the “power couple” monicker. “I think we’re just a couple with great interest in the human condition,” he said in the same interview. “I don’t think of that as particularly powerful; I just think of it as our responsibility as people on the planet.”

Clooney family

US actor George Clooney (C) arrives with his father Nick Clooney (L) at the Aman hotel on September 27, 2014 in Venice where Clooney and British fiancee, Amal Alamuddin celebrate their wedding. George Clooney has said goodbye to bachelorhood in Venice with a stag party at his favourite restaurant with Hollywood chums, and was gearing up for a day of glamourous pre-wedding celebrations. The actor had swept into the floating city yesterday with his British fiancee Amal Alamuddin on a watertaxi dubbed “Amore”, zipping up the Grand Canal to cheers from fans at the start of nuptials set to draw out over the weekend. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE TEYSSOT (Photo credit should read PIERRE TEYSSOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Amal (formerly Amal Alamuddin) and George married in a star-studded, destination wedding in Venice in 2014. Notable guests included Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, and John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.