Jamie Foxx is encouraging his fellow entertainers to step up as new civil rights activists.
Foxx, who joined President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker, presented a speech at the Lincoln Memorial in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington--when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. presented his classic “I Have a Dream” speech.
Foxx began his speech by saying he was affected by last year's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary and the Trayvon Martin case. He continued, "Harry Belafonte saw me at the Image Awards and he asked, 'what am I willing to do?'"
He went on to explain how he brought his 19-year-old daughter to have dinner with Belafonte so she could learn what the singer and activist had been doing at her age. Doing his best Belafonte impression, Foxx recalled him saying, "Myself, Al, Jesse and Martin--we marched." The 86-year-old singer was referring to Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and King.
"What we need to do now is the young folks pick it up now," Foxx told the audience. "So when we're 87 years old, talking to the other young folks, we can say it was me, Will Smith, Jay Z, Kanye, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington--the list goes on and on."
Foxx closed his speech by praising Belafonte for bailing King out of jail so he could March in 1963.