Morgan Freeman Makes Powerful Pitch to Go Vote: ‘Our Lives Quite Literally Depend on It’

Actor Morgan Freeman has issued a last-minute call to voters to show up to the polls on Election Day. The rougly one-minute spot was sponsored by the NAACP and aired exclusively on The Rachel Maddow Show Friday night.

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“It’s really good,” Maddow said of the video. “This is a stressful time, I know, but it is an inspiring time too, which is why this is exactly what I needed to see tonight.”

Watch below:

Here is the transcript:

This is Morgan Freeman. I know that many of you are wondering how soon you’ll be able to hug your friends again, or visit your parents and grandparents without fear. I know that many of you are angered by the ongoing racism in our nation and worried about having a job to repay your student loans and afford the basic needs of life. It wasn’t long ago that people were beaten and even killed to obtain the sacred power each of you have today, the power to vote, and right now, your vote is more critical than ever. This election is about you and me, your family and my family, our planet, and our democracy in its entirety. With our votes, we, the people, can begin to overwhelm the unjust political and economic systems that favor profits over people and elect leaders who will take us forward. Brothers and sisters, go vote. Our lives quite literally depend on it.

Three days until the election.

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