Danny Glover slated to speak at NAACP chapter's Image Awards

Actor and social activist Danny Glover, one of the stars of the "Lethal Weapon" films, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address and receive a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Old Dominion NAACP chapter's Image Awards ceremony, Saturday, April 21, at the Field House.

The Image Awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by Glover's talk at 8 p.m. The program is open to the public.

Glover made his movie debut in 1979 in the film "Escape from Alcatraz." He has appeared in 59 other current or past television and movie projects, including the box office hits "Witness," "Places in the Heart" and "The Color Purple." He received a national NAACP Image Award and an Award for Cable Excellence for his performance in HBO's "Mandela."

A native of San Francisco, Glover is a graduate of San Francisco State College and received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the institution in 1997.

Glover is well-known for his social activism. Mel Gibson, a friend of his and co-star of the "Lethal Weapon" films, told Mr. Showbiz.Com, "Most people in Hollywood have a token thing they do, but it's mostly about self-aggrandizement and ego. That's not the case with Danny. He's up to his eyeballs in devoting time to community services and just causes."

Glover was appointed as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Program in March 1998 and recently extended his tenure in response to the AIDS crisis in Africa and to raise awareness about the disease's impact in underserved communities in the United States.

He also is a major supporter of the TransAfrica Forum, an African-American lobbying organization on Africa and the Caribbean, and the Algebra Project, a math empowerment program developed by civil rights veteran Bob Moses. TOP