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Lifetime activist and famed “Lethal Weapon” actor Danny Glover will be coming to Folsom Lake College’s Harris Center on Monday to share a conversation with KFBK anchor Kitty O’Neal.
In an interview with The Bee, Glover said the discussion — which will be the final guest lecture of the 2018-2019 Folsom Lake College Speakers Series — will be open-ended and range from his early days as a student activist to his Hollywood career.
Glover, whose wide ranging filmography spans from “The Color Purple” in 1985, through all four installments of the “Lethal Weapon” series, to last year’s “Sorry to Bother You,” said activism has always been an important aspect of his life.
The son of two NAACP activists himself, Glover said being able to see them as actively participating citizens informed him as he got started in activism — even though they sometimes disagreed with his politics.
Early on, Glover was involved in a student strike at San Francisco State University in the ‘60s that led to the creation of a school of ethnic studies and a black studies department on campus.
“We were overwhelmed by it,” Glover said. “We were young people with all our idealism and at that particular point in time we were in the right place for something dynamic to happen.”
As he began to enter the world of acting, Glover said he always kept his role as a citizen in mind — and that theater has a longstanding history of incorporating activism.
“Shakespeare was not only a great writer, but he was a great activist,” he said. “The point of art itself is always that.”
As he was busy filming the adaptation of Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” and the first installment in the “Saw” series, Glover was serving as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998 and 2004, and currently is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
He has recently been active in national politics, endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders in his 2016 presidential bid and is outspoken on issues such as poverty, the environment and the rights of inmates.
Glover is currently working on an upcoming “Jumanji” film, scheduled to be released in December.
If you go
Where: Folsom Lake College’s Harris Center at 10 College Parkway in Folsom
When: Monday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Tickets range from $32 to $68. Students with IDs can get them for $12
Tickets can be purchased here.