Tickets still available for Rowan MLK BreakfastJanuary 09, 2013
Limited tickets still are available for Rowan University’s 27th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. in the Eynon Ballroom, located in the Chamberlain Student Center on the University’s Glassboro campus. Actor and activist Danny Glover will be the keynote speaker.
As an actor, Glover’s film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which he also produced. In recent years he has starred in an array of motion pictures, including the critically acclaimed Dreamgirls and the futuristic 2012.
In 2005 Glover co-founded Louverture Films, dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. The New York-based company has a slate of progressive features and documentaries, including Trouble the Water, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival; Africa Unite; award-winning feature Bamako; and most recent projects Dum Maaro Dum and The Black Power Mixtape.
A native of San Francisco, Glover trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory Theatre. It was his Broadway debut in Fugard’s Master Harold…and the Boys that brought him to national recognition and led director Robert Benton to cast him in his first leading role in 1984’s Academy Award-nominated Best Picture, Places in the Heart. The following year, Glover starred in two more Best Picture-nominated films: Peter Weir’s Witness and Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple. In 1987, Glover partnered with Mel Gibson in the first Lethal Weapon film and went on to star in three Lethal Weapon sequels. Glover also has invested his talents in more personal projects, including the award-winning To Sleep With Anger, which he executive produced and for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor; Bopha; Manderlay; Missing in America; and the film version of Athol Fugard’s play Boseman and Lena. He also starred in Saw, Five Minarets in New York, Donovan’s Echo and The Children’s Republic
Glover regularly teams with long-time friend and actor Felix Justice in “An Evening with Langston and Martin.” A program consisting of dramatic readings from the works of Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr., it stands among America`s most acclaimed theatrical presentations.
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, he received a 2006 DGA Honor and was presented with a 2011 Pioneer Award from the National Civic Rights Museum. Internationally, Glover served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998 to 2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2011, the French Ministry of Culture presented Glover with the prestigious Medaille des Arts et des Letters and the Deauville International Film Festival honored him with a tribute. Currently Glover serves as a UNICEF Ambassador.
Proceeds from Rowan’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, sponsored by the Rowan University Foundation each year to honor Dr. King’s achievements, benefit the William H. Myers Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides financial support for high-achieving minority students.
Tickets for event, which usually is a sellout, are $75 per person ($600 for a table of eight) and must be purchased in advance. To reserve tickets, contact Kathy at (856) 256-5400 or visit https://alumni.rowan.edu and order online by Jan. 11. All checks should be made payable to the Rowan University Foundation. Corporate sponsors of the breakfast are Sodexo; PSEG Nuclear LLC; Atlantic City Electric; KTron Process Group; Liberty Mutual; Fort Nassau Graphics; Landmark Americana Tap & Grill; NJM Insurance Group; NuStar Asphalt Refining LLC; and Pinnacle Financial Advisors, LLC.