Danny Glover Visits Cornell

By Haley Burton

September 25, 2012 Updated Sep 25, 2012 at 6:23 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A movie star and workers rights activist stops at Cornell University to talk to the campus community.

Danny Glover met with various classes in Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations on Tuesday about his strong support of workers' rights.

Glover, 66, is best-known for his career as an actor, starring in "Lethal Weapon", "Angels in the Outfield" and "The Color Purple". He is also a worker advocate and political activist.

Glover was accompanied by Bruce Raynor, a Cornell Trustee and Cornell Class of 1972. Raynor is currently teaching "Contemporary Labor Issues" to undergraduates this semester at Cornell within the Industrial and Labor Relations school.

"We spoke about the choices that we've made in our lives. To fight on the behalf of those who are workers. Since we are concerned about that and to maintain and continue to rebuild those organizations and the struggle for justice as well," said Glover.

Glover says he grew up in a union household. Both of his parents worked for the U.S. Postal Service.

Glover will speak at the Africana Studies and Research Center at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25. The discussion is called "Race, Activism and Art: A Conversation with Danny Glover".

It will also feature Noliwe Rooks, associate professor of Africana Studies; Sabine Haenni, associate professor of film and American studies; and Marc Bayard, Executive Director of Cornell's Worker Institute.

The event is open to the Cornell community only.