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Samuel L. Jackson Challenges Celebs to Sing a Song of Protest

By    |   Monday, 15 Dec 2014 11:26 AM

Samuel L. Jackson issued a Facebook challenge to fellow celebrities to chime in on a song that supports protesters angry about grand jury decisions involving the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

Jackson pointed specifically to the celebrities who participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this year to join in his challenge of what he called his "We ain't gonna stop, til people are free" song, according to USA Today.

"All you celebrities out there who poured ice water on your head, I challenge you to do something else," Jackson said in his Facebook video.

 


Jackson then sang the lyrics of the song:

"I can hear my neighbor cryin' '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 'til people are free
We ain't gonna stop 'til people are free"

The video had generated more than 48,000 likes and had been shared more than 53,300 times as of Monday morning. The video attracted another 195,000 views on YouTube.

Not everyone online was pleased with Jackson's song and his challenge on social media.


Others supported Jackson's callout of celebrities.


Jackson posted the video the same day that thousand marched in Washington, D.C., in what was billed as the National March Against Police Violence, which was organized by activist and MSNBC talk show host Rev. Al Sharpton, reported The New York Times.

Garner died as police in New York City tried to arrest him and Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Grand juries in both cases did not indict the white officers involved.

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