Actor-activist Danny Glover keynotes Rowan MLK Breakfast
Actor and activist Danny Glover will be the keynote speaker when Rowan University hosts its 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in the Eynon Ballroom, located in the Chamberlain Student Center on the University’s Glassboro campus.
Glover is an actor, producer and director with a stage, screen and television background. Known for playing Roger Murtaugh opposite Mel Gibson’s Martin Riggs character in the Lethal Weapon movies, Glover has earned an ACE Award and several NAACP Image Awards for his film and TV performances, including Best Actor in Lethal Weapon, Beloved and HBO's production of Mandela. He also has earned Emmy nominations. His film and television credits include Places in the Heart, Witness, Silverado, The Color Purple, Mandela, Bat-21, To Sleep With Anger, Grand Canyon, The Saint of Fort Washington, Angels in the Outfield, Beloved, Boesman and Lena, The Royal Tenenbaums and Good Fences. He and long-time friend and actor Felix Justice present An Evening with Martin & Langston, a program of dramatic readings from the works of Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Glover attended San Francisco State University and trained at the Black Actor Workshop of the American Conservatory.
Off-screen, Glover is committed to many organizations and causes and is passionate about community activism and philanthropic efforts, including literacy, education and the arts. Glover is deeply involved with the Vanguard Public Foundation based in San Francisco, his hometown. In 2001, he became chair of the board of TransAfrica Forum, the African-American lobbying organization on Africa and the Caribbean, and he actively serves on the board of The Algebra Project, a math empowerment program. Since 1998, Glover has served as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic underdevelopment in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. His dedication to public service earned Glover the 2003 NAACP Chairman's Award.
Proceeds from Rowan’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, sponsored by the Rowan University Foundation each year to honor Dr. King’s achievements, benefit the William H. Myers Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides financial support for high-achieving minority students.
Tickets for event, which usually is a sellout, are $75 per person ($600 for a table of eight) and must be purchased in advance. To reserve tickets, contact Kathy at (856) 256-5400 by Jan. 11. All checks should be made payable to the Rowan University Foundation. Corporate sponsors of the breakfast to date include PSEG Nuclear LLC; Sodexo; Pinnacle Financial Advisors, LLC; NJM Insurance Group; Liberty Mutual; NuStar Asphalt Refining, LLC; and Fort Nassau Graphics.
Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS -FM will broadcast the breakfast live.