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Danny Glover keynotes Pace University’s 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture and Reception

10/02/2014 News Release Imgage

Danny Glover keynotes Pace University’s 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture and Reception

New York, NY – October 2, 2014 – Actor, director, producer, and activist Danny Glover was the keynote speaker at Pace University’s 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture and Reception on Wednesday, October 1, at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Pace’s downtown New York City campus. The event was organized by the Black Student Union and the Offices of Multicultural Affairs and Student Development and Campus Activities.

Pace professor Patricia Hinds interviewed Glover on the Schimmel stage about the importance of finding your purpose through social justice, civic engagement, and volunteerism. Glover was invited to speak because of his humanitarian and philanthropic efforts in the U.S. and internationally.

“One of the goals of the Black Student Union (BSU) is to engage students in critical conversations on race, social/economic disparities and our role as future leaders,” says Jonelle James, BSU Treasurer, Class of 2017.  “Our Executive Board unanimously agreed to sponsor Mr. Glover because of his ongoing commitment to underserved communities both nationally and abroad.”

Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa.  For these efforts Glover received a 2006 DGA Honor and was honored with a 2011 “Pioneer Award” from the National Civil Rights Museum. Internationally Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998-2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Glover was presented in 2011 with the prestigious Medaille des Arts et des Letters from the French Ministry of Culture and was honored with a Tribute at the Deauville International Film Festival.  Currently Glover serves as UNICEF Ambassador.

In 2005 Glover co-founded NY based Louverture Films with writer/producer Joslyn Barnes. The company is dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. 

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu.

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