ABC 33/40 reporter Cory McGinnis got an exclusive interview with the multi-talented entertainer Jamie Foxx Saturday night at the BJCC, where a Concert for Human Rights was held during day four of Empowerment Week.
The 45-year-old actor, comedian and singer was in town to host the concert featuring acts from Jill Scott and Charlie Wilson. Foxx took time to discuss the importance of remembering the Civil Rights Movement, specifically the tense moments in the Spring of 1963 when students and activists experienced violent opposition from Birmingham police while holding non-violent protest demonstrations.
"It's very important that we don't forget that someone laid down their lives and stood in front of those water cannons, stood in front of those dogs in the face of racism and sexism," Foxx said.
Foxx was just one of many well-known people in town for the City of Birmingham's week-long commemoration and 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Church bombing in 1963. Actor and comedian Bill Cosby has been busy making appearances at various events. Spike Lee, a uber-successful film producer, is also in town for the premiere screening of "4 Little Girls," a documentary reflecting on the movement and tragic moments in Birmingham.
Organizers will host a commemorative program at 16th Street Baptist Church Sunday beginning at 3 p.m. You can watch it live on air or online here.