Denzel Washington was born on December 25, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. His mother, Lula (Washington), was a schoolteacher and his father, Reginald D. Washington, was a postal worker. When Denzel was two years old, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where his father became a police officer.
Denzel attended the Baltimore City public schools and eventually transferred to Dunbar High School where he played football and ran track. In 1973 he began studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City but dropped out after one year to pursue an acting career.
Denzel made his film debut in the 1981 movie “The Great Debaters”. He went on to star in such films as “Cry Freedom”, “The Manch
On February 12, 1926, American historian Carter G. Woodson founded Black History Week to remember and commemorate the great achievements of individuals of African origin to our country. As part of the nation’s bicentennial celebrations in 1976, the week was extended into Black History Month.
What are Some of Denzel’s Contributions to Black History?
Denzel Washington has made a number of significant contributions to black history. He was one of the first major black Hollywood actors and he has worked tirelessly to promote diversity and equality in the film industry.
He is also a founding member of the NAACP and he has donated millions of dollars to charities that support black communities. Denzel Washington is an exemplary role model for young people and he has helped to educate generations about the importance of diversity and equality.
How Did Denzel Become such a Popular Actor?
Denzel Washington first made a name for himself as a successful stage actor. After starring in the stage play “The Great White Hope”, he was signed to the movie studio Warner Brothers and made his film debut in “The Great Debaters”. He went on to star in several successful films, including “Malcolm X”, “The Book of Eli”, and “Safe House”. Denzel is considered one of the greatest actors of all time.
DENZEL WASHINGTON IS THE PERSON IN THE SPOTLIGHT TODAY.
Denzel Washington is more than his height, black skin, and good looks. The Academy Award winner is regarded as one of the best actors in America. He started his career on the television show St. Elsewhere. The performance led to roles in films such as Cry Freedom, Malcolm X, and Glory, for which he won an Academy Award for best supporting actor.
He went on to win a Golden Globe for best actor for his performance in The Hurricane. And he won another Academy Award, this time for best actor, for his performance in Training Day. Other films in which he has appeared include Inside Man, Antoine Fisher’s The Book of Eli, Safe House, and Flight.
TRIVIA ABOUT DENZEL WASHINGTON:
On December 28, 1954, in Mount Vernon, New York, he was born.
He met his wife Pauletta in 1977, when they both had tiny parts in the TV movie Wilma, which was based on the life of runner Wilma Rudolph. Five years later, they married.
John David, Katia, and twins Malcolm and Olivia are his four children.
Washington played Malcolm X in the off-Broadway production of When the Chickens Came Home to Roost in the early 1980s, years before he portrayed him in Spike Lee’s film.
Malcolm Washington, Washington’s son, was named after Malcolm X.
Washington trained with L.A. boxing trainer Terry Claybon for a year in preparation for his part as boxer Rubin Carter in Hurricane.
He was presented as a crucial example in a scientific explanation why he is regarded an incredibly gorgeous guy in a Newsweek cover story about the biological underpinnings of the sense of beauty.
People magazine named her one of the world’s 50 most beautiful people in 1990.
Denzel is named after his father, who was named after the doctor who gave birth to him, Doctor Denzel.
Supports charitable organizations such as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and the Gathering Place, an AIDS hospice.
His father was a Pentecostal pastor, while his mother was a former gospel singer. They divorced when he was 14 years old.
Is a spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, having been a member of the Boys Club once himself.
After Sidney Poitier, he is just the second actor of color to receive the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. In 2002, he won for Training Day.
People magazine called her one of the 50 most beautiful people in 2002.
Ukee Washington, a CBS anchorman, is a cousin.
In 2002, he made his directorial debut with Antoine Fisher (2002). He later directed
The Great Debaters (2007).
He became a producer for films such as The Book of Eli (2010) and Safe House (2012). (2012)
He has won two Academy Awards, one Tony, three Golden Globes, two MTV Movie Awards, four BET Awards and 15 NAACP Image Awards.
Washington saying his acting had nothing to do with him winning the 2002 Academy Award for best actor for his role in Training Day: “It was a cleanup award. It occurs on a regular basis. I remember when Al Pacino won, and I was up for Malcolm X that year. This was his eighth nomination and I didn’t want to win. I have so much respect for him and what he’s done.”
Denzel Washington saying his early career moves were made with the help of legendary actor Sidney Poitier: “(Poitier) told me to be very careful choosing my first roles, because that would determine how Hollywood perceived me.”
Washington on mentoring young men as he played a coach in the film Remember The Titans: “One of the things I learned is it’s important to share what you know, because they were sitting around and they were hungry and they were asking me questions… It’s a different generation. These guys are 20 or 25, and I’m 45, so they want to know, ‘How did you do this? What do you feel?’ so it was sort of a parent/father-son relationship for me and them.”
DENZEL WASHINGTON AUDIO:
Washington revealing what he was interested in as a child: “Football. Wasn’t interested in acting, didn’t know anything about it. Didn’t know anybody who was. Didn’t have a lot of examples, or reasons to want to be like anybody because there wasn’t anybody out there who looked like me. So, you know, I grew up a jock, and I was 20 years old before I took an acting class, because somebody told me, ‘It’s easy. You can get an A.’”
Washington on playing a bad guy in Training Day. “It was a lot of fun because it was new. I’ve done, I don’t know, almost 30 pictures now, and this is the first time I’ve ever done anything like this, and it was fun to be able to say whatever you wanted to say and get away with it, you know? And no one’s ever asked me to play the bad guy–I guess they don’t look at me that way. Maybe they will now.”
Denzel accepts the Cecil B Demille Award at 2016 Golden Globes: “Yeah, you really do forget everything you are supposed to do. (Woman) You need your glasses? (Denzel) Nah, I can see without them. I’m speechless. I just thank you. I thank the Hollywood Foreign Press. Freddy Fields, who first, some of you may know Freddy Fields, he invited me to the first Hollywood Foreign Press luncheon. He said they are gonna watch the movie. We are gonna feed them. They are gonna come over. You gonna take pictures with everybody. You are gonna hold the magazines, take the pictures and you’re gonna win the award. I won that year. I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press for supporting me, for supporting me over the years and they have always made me feel like a friend or part of the, part of the party.”
TODAY IN BLACK HISTORY:
In 1804, The New Jersey Legislature approved a law calling for “gradual” emancipation of African-Americans. In so doing, New Jersey became the last Northern state to outlaw slavery.
In 1848, Sarah Roberts was barred from a white school in Boston. Her father, Benjamin Roberts, filed the first school integration suit on her behalf.
In 1851, Black abolitionists invaded a Boston courtroom and rescued a fugitive slave.
In 1961, U.S. and African nationalists disrupted U.N. sessions as a protest against the slaying of the Congo’s first Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba.
In 1968, Henry Lewis became the first African-American to lead a symphony orchestra in the United States.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPOTLIGHT: BARRINGTON IRVING
Barrington Irving is the first black man to pilot a plane around the world solo. At 30, he is also the youngest person and first Jamaican to accomplish this feat.
He has also founded Experience Aviation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering minority youth to pursue careers in aviation
Denzel Washington is an amazing actor and black history Month contributor. He has made a significant impact on American culture.