by Ali Berman
Categories: Arts/Culture, Causes, People
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No one can accuse Denzel Washington of forgetting the people who helped him become who he is today. The actor has donated generously to the Boys and Girls Club of America, an organization he credits with keeping him on the straight and narrow during his youth. Now, he is providing a major gift to his alma mater Fordham University.

2 million dollars of the gift will go to the theatre department to create the Denzel Washington Chair in Theatre position. TV and Broadway actress Phylicia Rashad (or as I like to call her, Mrs. Huxtable) will be taking the position. Among her other duties, she will be teaching a class called, “Creating a Character.”

The additional funds will benefit an undergraduate theatre student who will be awarded a scholarship to attend the university.

Washington said about the donation, “I wanted to create the Denzel Washington Endowed Scholarship and Chair in Theatre at Fordham in order to offer the next generation of students positive influences. Phylicia Rashad, as the inaugural holder of the chair, will provide the care, compassion and that extra push to help take students where they’re meant to go.”

The Academy award winner studied journalism at Fordham and then went on to study theatre in San Francisco at the the American Conservatory Theater Master of Fine Arts Program.

Via Washington Post

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • http://herwinsvegancafe.blogspot.com/ herwin

    photo of bull fighter Juna Jose Padilla who got gored yesterday by the bull he was tormenting. Here is a nice photo of the moment. the bull stuck his horn in his jaw and it came out next to his eye which was almost popping out. The poor bull was killed later by his fellow thugs.
    http://www.volkskrant.nl/vk/nl/2668/Buitenland/article/detail/2958522/2011/10/08/Spaanse-stierenvechter-zwaargewond.dhtml
    yeah, i know pretty off topic but the topic wasnt green after all…:-P

  • Bob

    Well done Denzel. It is good to see a celebrity supporting worthy causes.

  • http://greenlichen.com/ greenlichen

    That’s great news. Denzel proves yet again that he is one worthy celebrity.