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Danny Glover Speaks At Texas A&M's MLK Breakfast

By: Selina Affram Email
By: Selina Affram Email

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast began with the audience joining together and singing "Lift Every Voice And Sing."

Dozens of people came together to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr., along with a special guest Danny Glover.

The event was organized by the Memorial Student Center Woodson Black Awareness Committee. The breakfast has been held for six years.

Danny Glover well-known actor, film director and political activist was the highlight of the morning.

He is well known for his roles as Albert Johnson in The Color Purple, as Michael Harrigan in Predator 2, as corrupt cop James McFee in Witness, as Detective Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film franchise. He is an active supporter of various humanitarian and political causes.

He shared a message of empowerment, humanity and perseverance at the Annual MLK Breakfast. He reflected over the influence of Dr. King's commitment to The Movement and how we can continue to embrace humanity.

As an activist his passion for Civil Rights began early with his parents who knew Martin Luther King, Jr.

"My house was full with particularly after 1954 Brown v.s The Board of Education was full with the kind of the discourse and discussion of this happening...change occuring there and then pending changes that were happening, so of course King came to my house," said Danny Glover.

When he was a young child Martin Luther King, Jr. made an impression on his life.

"At eight and nine years old those people I saw I wanted to be like them. I celebrated them from that particular moment on. For my first images, those were my first images of Dr. King," said Glover.

The audience was touched and roared in laughter at his personal family stories.

Bilaliah Hazziez has know Glover for more than 40 years and they went to middle school together.

"I think he's a man of honor, a man of integrity and a man of compassion. And it shows by the way he acts toward people," said Bilaliah Hazziez.

"He was telling the young people to try to think differently and find out about what history is and grow as a people," said Chastity Smith, A&M student.

Roy came to the A&M campus from Hearne to hear Glover's message.

"The information he has to share is really valuable for a lot of people to grow and learn from," said Roy Johnson.

As a student organizer Raquel Davis helped plan the event months in advance and was elated to be in his presence.

"When he got to talking about us being a human race as opposed to us being separated by different racist structure, class structures, those are all things I myself as well as other young black women like myself combat with on a daily basis," said Davis.

His words left a meaningful impact on many people about the vision of hope to lift up one another and join together.


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