Danny Glover, Keeping the Spirit of the 60s Alive
There are few people who can claim to have been at the vanguard of civil rights activism for 50 years. From his days organizing a student strike which led to the establishment of the first African-American Studies program in the country, to his acts of civil disobedience to highlight the genocide in Darfur, Mr. Glover has been a courageous fighter for human rights. Not only has Mr. Glover used his celebrity as a means of bringing attention to these critical issues, he has consistently shown his enthusiasm for getting involved in causes on the grassroots level.
The Andrew Goodman Foundation is honoring Mr. Glover with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to issues ranging from combating AIDS in Africa to his involvement in #blacklivesmatter. This award recognizes individuals who have achieved heroic stature through a lifetime of dedication to social justice and human and civil rights. Past recipients include Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, John Lewis and David Dinkins.
“I am extremely honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Andrew Goodman Foundation,” said Mr. Glover. “The extraordinary actions of Andy Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner in registering black voters in Mississippi, for which they ultimately paid with their lives, inspired millions of Americans to become active in the Civil Rights movement. I look to Andy’s legacy for continued inspiration in fighting for social justice in America and abroad.”
Mr. Glover will accept the award at the 7th Annual Hidden Heroes Award Ceremony on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The event will also honor Kerry Kennedy with a Humanitarian Award and Ava DuVernay with a Media Hero Award, and will feature a panel discussion: Justice Can’t Wait: Over-incarceration and Disenfranchisement in America led by Amy Goodman, Host of Democracy Now! featuring Soledad O’Brien, Maria Teresa Kumar, Michael Skolnik, Dr. Peniel Joseph, and Yusef Salaam.