Video: Jamie Foxx speaks at March on Washington anniversary

Posted Aug 29, 2013 by Layne Weiss
Actor/singer Jamie Foxx gave a powerful speech at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington of the March on Washington Wednesday. He explained why he took an interest in social activism and he believes today's black celebrities should as well.
Actor Jamie Foxx
Actor Jamie Foxx
Photo by Urbanworld Film Festival
Foxx's interest in social activism was first inspired by the tragic killing of Trayvon Martin, the senseless Sandy Hook Massacre, and a conversation he had with the "King of Calypso" turned activist, 86-year-old, Harry Belafonte, he explained during his speech according to AllHipHop.
"Harry Belafonte saw me at the mage Awards and he asked, 'what am I willing to do? said Fox. Belafonte, Foxx, and Foxx's 19-year-old daughter discussed Belafonte's time marching on Washington with Martin Luther King Jr. Al Sharpton, and Jesse Jackson.
The sit-down inspired Foxx and he feels he and his peers should be following in Belafonte's footsteps. During his speech Wednesday he called on today's black celebrities such as Jay-Z, Will Smith, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, and Kerry Washington to take on a greater role in social activism.