Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross and more deliver #TimesUp speech at NAACP Image Awards

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(L-R) Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Lena Waithe, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Angela Robinson, and Laverne Cox speak onstage during the 49th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 15, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for NAACP)

The NAACP Image Awards are always a time to celebrate black culture, but the fact that this year’s show fell on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday made it an even more powerful event.

After host, Anthony Anderson opened the show he called the “Oprah For President Headquarters,” he brought up some serious talent to deliver a powerful #TimesUp speech.

Kerry Washington, Lena Waithe, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laverne Cox, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Angela Robinson delivered the message loud and clear and urged people to vote in the midterm elections.

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“The midterms are a perfect moment for us to use our voices,” said Robinson. “If we can take back a senate seat in Alabama…”

“Then we have the ability to shift the imbalance of power,” Smollet-Bell concluded.

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