Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was joined by nearly 40 American stars when he hosted an emotional Hurricane Katrina benefit concert Mississippi Rising on Saturday (01OCT05).

The veteran screen star took to the stage in his home state of Mississippi and gave a stirring speech in honour of the residents of Louisiana and Mississippi, both of which were ravaged by the devastating storm.

He told the audience, "We will rise again. (The state has) crawled out of the rubble and helped their neighbours and got about the business of surviving".

Freeman was joined by celebrities including singer Macy Gray, country star Faith Hill and actress Whoopi Goldberg.