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Actor, activist Danny Glover to be keynote speaker at Lexington’s MLK celebration

Actor and political activist Danny Glover will be the keynote speaker at Lexington’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, the city has announced.

Glover, who is best known for his roles in the Lethal Weapon movies, The Color Purple, Predator 2 and Witness, will speak at the annual commemorative program Jan. 18 in Heritage Hall at the Lexington Convention Center. The city’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration is sponsored by the University of Kentucky and the city.

The public program, which starts at 11 a.m. is free. Starting at 10 a.m.,, there will be a freedom march through downtown.

Glover became active in the Black Students Union while attending San Francisco State University. The Black Students Union organized a five-month strike to establish a black studies department. San Francisco eventually started one and a school of ethnic studies, the first department of its kind. Glover also has a long history of union activism, according to a news release from the city. He has worked with United Farm Workers and the American Postal Workers Union. He currently is an ambassador for United Nations Children’s Fund, which is commonly known as UNICEF.

Beth Musgrave: 859-231-3205, @HLCityhall