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September 21st, 2012
10:55 AM ET

Actor Forest Whitaker marks 10th anniversary of Intl. Day of Peace, launches Peace Earth Foundation

He is an actor best known for his Oscar-winning performances, but Forest Whitaker is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation.

This morning on "Starting Point With Soledad O'Brien," Whitaker shares details of the launch of the Peace Earth Foundation, which aims to focus on "peace-building and community empowerment in areas of conflict." He explains to Soledad why this is an issue that is personally important to him.

"I'm just trying to be a part of that conversation work with so many people are working in peace building and community building all over the world," Whitaker says. "To be part of it is important. I think, you know, especially at this time - you guys were talking about earlier to take a second and think about what's going on, what sort of politics are occurring all over the planet, all over the world. Not just this last incident, but what's been going on for years and years. I think it's important for us to take a step back."

Whitaker also gives the Starting Point team some insight into his latest movie "The Butler," which was inspired by the story of long-time White House butler Gene Allen.

For more information on the Peace Earth Foundation, visit

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