The Generous Danny Glover
January 23, 2011
The WMC blog is featuring Progressive Girls’ Voices in dispatches from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, as our girl journalists attend feminist film screenings and interview notable leaders and directors. Here, Mimi Clayton meets Danny Glover — watch this space for more.
By Mimi Erickson-Clayton
Mimi is a high school senior in Salt Lake City and has been involved with Planned Parenthood for three years. She is passionate about gay rights and teen education.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I can now say that I have been hugged by a movie star. Actually, I've been hugged by several, but Geena Davis came later. Mr. Danny Glover, while posing for a picture, gave me a squeeze. It was one of the more exciting moments I've had to date. I guess I should be trying to get over my star-struck tendencies, but to be completely honest with you, I think remaining a little bit nervous is a benefit. In my limited experience doing interviews, I've found that the more excited I am to meet a person, the more I take from the experience.
Excitement was definitely a factor of my interview with Danny. Before it happened, I wasn't actually sure that I would make the interview. I'd like you all to know that, when Robert Redford ran late, Danny Glover waited for us. Really. It makes me feel so lucky that someone was so willing to give his time to our group.
As it turns out, Danny is generous with more than his time. He was at Sundance to promote a movie called Black Power Mixtape, which focused on the strategies of Black Power advocates during the civil rights movement. He was obviously passionate about the project, and gave the most in-depth answers of any interview subject we've encountered so far. I was truly awestruck by Danny's willingness to dig deeper, to go beyond the normal call of duty and try to really inspire us for change.
By the time we finished talking, I was more than happy to give him a one-armed hug. Looking back on the interview, Danny's message was simple: equality, whether it be in race or gender or age, is an ongoing struggle. When asked what he thought we should do to promote media equality, Danny said to keep fighting for it. It might take time, but it is worth the struggle on so many levels. That message really stuck with me, and I can already tell that I'm going to bring it in to other parts of my life.
So Danny, though I don't imagine you'll ever read my words, I want to thank you. You are an inspiration, and the fact that you're willing to dig deep, even for a small-time, 17 year old hopeful, means a lot. You've communicated well, and I'm going to keep fighting.