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Anthony Mackie Got Emotional On "Jimmy Fallon" Talking About Racism And Shared A Powerful Message About The Importance Of Voting

"We have a great opportunity right now to change the scope of the world."

You know Anthony Mackie.

He's Sam Wilson/Falcon in the MCU and will be playing Captain America in the upcoming Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

In a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon, the 41-year-old became emotional reflecting on the past two weeks of protests against police brutality and racism in the US:

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Anthony shared that it has been an "interesting" time having to explain to his 7- and 11-year-old sons about police brutality against Black men. "You have to open your kids' eyes to the worlds they live in," he said.

"They get it," he shared, "But they don't understand the lack of humanity to do that to another person."

The Louisiana native then broke down in tears recalling the time he visited the Lorraine Motel for a movie premiere, which is the site where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968:

"It changed my life," he said. "It was crazy because I never experienced anything of that magnitude. What my grandparents, what my parents, my aunts and uncles went through coming back from war and being Black in America in the '50s and '60s."

"I was able to stand out on the balcony where Martin Luther King was assassinated and it blew my mind to think that this man worked so hard and gave his life, and here we are [57] years later dealing with the exact same thing. And that's what hurts," he said.

Anthony shared that his father was a contractor who dropped out of school in the eighth grade to work with his grandfather, a sharecropper, to help Anthony attend Juilliard and pursue his dreams of acting.

"So when I saw that, my friends and I got together and we said we have to do something. And we realized there's power in numbers," Anthony told Jimmy. "We have a great opportunity right now to change the scope of the world."

"I say to these people: a sheriff is an elected position. A mayor is an elected position. Our president is an elected position. Your DA is an elected position," he added.

The actor then revealed that he started a website, IAmAMan.vote, with a mission to get 1 million men to register to vote. "We're gonna do everything we can so that these people that are jeopardizing the future for our kids...," he began, before getting choked up.

"If you wanna hurt somebody, you get rid of their job and you put somebody [else] in that position that can actually help," he continued. "Because...it's just not right."

"If you have a nephew, if you have a cousin, if you have a friend, if you have a young man who needs information, send him to our page. We will register him, we will educate him, and we will help him vote. Because that's our power," he declared.

Watch Anthony's full interview with Jimmy here.