One of the best black actors in Hollywood is Danny Glover. It wasn't just his portrayal of the abusive, misogynist 'Mister' in "The Color Purple" or Detective Murtagh in the Lethal Weapon movies that won me over, but his political and social activism. He has managed to have a successful acting career while being socially conscious.
Glover bypassed the red carpet and the Academy Awards ceremony last Sunday to attend the Panafrican Film & Televison Festival in the West African nation of Burkina Faso even though "Dreamgirls" was nominated for several awards. Not many celebrities would think of missing the Academy Awards but Glover did. He premiered his new film "Bamako" which he co-produced and filmed in Mali.
Glover has long been an activist and humanitarian with an interest in Africa. He received the Amnesty International USA Lifetime Achievement award for his involvement in the Namibian civil rights movement. He currently serves as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador traveling the world publicizing the fight against AIDS.
Stateside Glover has been involved in protests and rallies opposing the death penalty, the war in Iraq and the genocide in Darfur. I admire him because of activism. He's a celebrity but he isn't afraid to get involved which is a rarity especially among black entertainers. He isn't always acknowledged for his social consciousness but the fact that he has one is commendable.