Jamie Foxx

Address at the 'Let Freedom Ring' Ceremony Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, D.C.

delivered 28 August 2013, Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

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How we doing? Make some noise for 50 years. Right now, let's make some noise!

Listen, I don't have much time. I'm here to celebrate what Dr. King did fifty years [ago]. I'm not even probably going to read from the teleprompter 'cause I'm just going to speak from my heart.

I'm -- I'm going to tell you right now that everybody my age and all the entertainers, it's time for us to stand up now and renew this dream. That's what we've got to do.

I was affected by -- I was affected by the Trayvon Martin situation. I was affected by -- by Newtown. I was affected by Sandy Hook. I'm affected by those things, so it's time for us now to pick up.

Harry Belafonte saw me at the Image Awards and he asked me what am I willing to do? He took it a step further and we went to dinner and my daughter who's 19 years old -- I said, "Listen, if you want to get inspired, come listen to this man speak."

When I sat with Mr. Belafonte, he asked my daughter, "How old are you?"

And my daughter said, "19."

And I said, "Mr. Belafonte, what were you doing [at] 19?"

He said, "I was coming home from World War II and when I got back to America I wasnít allowed to vote. So -- I love my country. I love America. But I realized I had more work to do. So myself, Al, Jesse, and Martin, we marched."

I said, "Wait a minute, man. You sound like youíre naming a boy band group. What do you mean? Who are these guys names?"

He looked at my daughter and he said, "Martin Luther King -- Have you heard of him?"

And we sat there and we cried.

What we need to do now is, the young folks, pick it up now, so that when we're 87 years old, talking to the other young folks, we could say, "It was me, Will Smith, Jay Z, Kanye, Alicia Keyes, Kerry Washington, the list goes on and on."

Donít make me start preaching up here.

Last but not least, I have to recognize Mr. Berry Gordy -- and not only that -- not only did Harry Belafonte bail Martin Luther King out of jail so that he could march, he also paid for all of Coretta Scott Kingís bills as long as she was on this planet.

Young folks, let's have some respect to our elders -- that's the first thing.

Last thing is this and I'm out -- I know they telling me to get out of here -- we have to salute Mr. Berry Gordy because Mr. Gordy put Dr. King's speech on a album, and put it out on Motown Records, and then after he did that he turned around and gave those -- those reels and those -- those tapes back to the King family.

Thank you so much. Do not forget 50 years.

I'm -- I'm out.

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