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Samuel L. Jackson is challenging other famous folks to join him in singing for a cause.
The actor on Saturday posted a video to Facebook of himself singing a tune that calls out “racist police.” He encouraged other celebrities to do the same.
“All you celebrities out there who poured ice water on your head, here’s a chance to do something else,” Jackson said, referring to the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from earlier this year.
“I challenge all of you to sing the ‘We ain’t gonna stop until people are free’ song,” he continued.
The song’s lyrics include the words “I can’t breathe,” the final words spoken by Eric Garner, who died in July in Staten Island, N.Y., after a police officer put him in a choke hold.
Protests were held this weekend in major cities, including New York and Washington, D.C., following grand juries’ recent decisions not to indict the officer who killed Garner or the officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. in August.
People have been honoring Garner by wearing “I Can’t Breathe” shirts. LeBron James wore one while warming up before a recent NBA game, and members of the Selma cast donned them at the film’s Sunday premiere.
The full lyrics from Jackson’s song are as follows: “I can hear my neighbor crying / ‘I can’t breathe’ / Now I’m in the struggle, and I can’t leave / Calling out the violence of the racist police / We ain’t gonna stop till people are free / We ain’t gonna stop till people are free.”
The video can be seen below.
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