Actor Jamie Foxx called for young entertainers to join him to promote Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream for equality and justice in America during a speech at an event promoting the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

“I was affected by the Trayvon Martin situation, I was affected by Newtown, I was affected by Sandy Hook, I’m affected by those things so it’s time to pick up,” he said to the crowd gathered on the National Mall.

Foxx recalled a time he spoke to Harry Belafonte about working with his colleagues in his era by supporting Martin Luther King Jr.'s goals.

“What we need to do now is the young folks to pick it up now so that when we’re 87 years old, we know, talking to the other young folks, we can say it was me and Will Smith, Jay-Z, Kanye, Alisha Keyes, Kerrey Washington, the list goes on and on,” Foxx said.