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It's also important for those who promote those issues within the white community - the somewhat privileged community - to talk about issues affecting people of color.
In 1967, the students at San Francisco State invited the poet Amiri Baraka to the campus for a semester. He attracted other influential black writers such as Sonia Sanchez, Ed Bullins, Eldridge Cleaver. What emerged was something we called the community communications program. That's how I got involved; I got involved in a little play.
If we talk about the environment, for example, we have to talk about environmental racism - about the fact that kids in South Central Los Angeles have a third of the lung capacity of kids in Santa Monica.
If we talk about literacy, we have to talk about how to enhance our children's mastery over the tools needed to live intelligent, creative, and involved lives.
If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.
I've been a Goodwill Ambassador for the UNICEF and the UNICEF family for more than twelve years.
I've always been able to make choices that don't embarrass me.
I'm not so vain as to believe that my involvement changes anything whatsoever.
I'm a child of the Civil Rights Movement.
I was able to do To Sleep with Anger, a very powerful film about African Americans, their spirituality, and the things that happened within a small community and a family.
I was able to do The Saint of Fort Washington, on the relationship between two homeless men.
I try to find hope in struggle and resistance in small places as much as I can.
I never thought about being an actor.
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