06/12/2013 01:52 pm ET Updated Jun 17, 2013

Jamie Foxx Reveals How Harry Belafonte Influenced His Support For Trayvon Martin (VIDEO)

As jury selection continues this week in the trial surrounding the shooting of Trayvon Martin, many public figures have expressed their ongoing support for the slain 17-year-old.

Last night during an appearance on "The Tonight Show," one of Martin’s supporters, Jamie Foxx, opened up on the inspiration behind his decision to join a protest earlier this year, on the one year anniversary of the late teen’s death.

“I was at the Image Awards and I run into Trayvon Martin’s mom and she has tears in her eyes…she said, ‘my boy is gone,’ he explained to show host Jay Leno.

“I won’t share with you exactly what she said, but I’m standing next to my 19-year-old daughter and tears filled my eyes because I was thinking, ‘what would I do if my daughter wasn’t there?’ And she asked me, ‘would you come personally and just stand with me. No political, no Black, no White, just about a child that was murdered.”

“And I said, ‘yes,’ but I felt like I was being Hollywood, like half and half. Like I might go and I might not go.”

Check out the 1:30 mark in the video above to hear Jamie's inspirational story of how legendary singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte helped him make his decision.



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