Samuel L. Jackson Challenges Ice Bucket-Dumping Celebs to Sing to Fight “Racist Police”

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Samuel L. Jackson posed a new challenge to celebrities. David M. Benett/Getty Images

The Ice Bucket Challenge may have finally disappeared from Facebook news feeds, but Samuel L. Jackson has a new challenge for the celebrities who participated in the charity fundraiser. 

The Barely Lethal actor, 65, shared a video of himself via Facebook this past weekend, in which he poses a new task to the stars who dumped buckets of ice water on their heads this past summer to raise money for ALS. 

"All you celebrities out there who poured ice water on your head, here's a chance to do something else," Jackson begins. "I challenge all of you to sing that 'We Ain't Gonna Stop Till People Are Free' song."

Jackson, who was involved in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, then begins to sing, "I can hear my neighbor cryin' / 'I can't breathe' / Now I’m in the struggle and I can't leave / Callin' 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 Oscar-nominated actor spoke to Parade magazine in 2005 about his involvement in activism and his upbringing in Tennessee. 

"I had anger in me," he told the publication. "It came from growing up suppressed in a segregated society. All those childhood years of 'whites only' places and kids passing you on the bus, yelling, 'N—–!' There was nothing I could do about it then. I couldn't even say some of the things that made me angry — it would have gotten me killed."

Watch Jackson's challenge in the video above!

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