By Christina Wilkie - 12/15/09 12:36 AM EST
Actor and activist Danny Glover is heaping praise on Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Oakland Mayor and former House member Ron Dellums (D) for helping pressure South Africa in the 1980s to end apartheid.
Dellums used to serve in the House in the 1980s, when Waters served in the California Legislature.
On Tuesday, Glover will visit the Embassy of South Africa to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1984 protests against apartheid outside the embassy, during which numerous members of Congress were voluntarily arrested, including Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and then-Reps. Dellums, Charles Hayes (D-Ill.), George Crockett (D-Mich.) and Don Edwards (D-Calif.).
“There were so many
pieces that went into the eventual end of apartheid,” said Glover,
citing examples dating back to the turn of the 20th century.
chairman of the board of the TransAfrica Forum, Glover last visited
South Africa in 2007, “and while there’s a great sense of pride,
there’s also a lot of work left to do, and the people know that.”
“The struggle for justice doesn’t end with democracy.”
Glover has yet to see the movie “Invictus,” about the South African national rugby team, but he is planning to.
actor, who plays the president of the United States in the recently
released hit film “2012,” explained why he thinks African countries
should be included in the debates over climate change and
globalization. “These countries need assistance, but they also need to
own the outcomes and the ways they achieve them.”
Glover was a
student at San Francisco University during the late 1960s, taking part
in student demonstrations for civil rights and against the Vietnam War.
“I remember learning about the anti-colonial movements in Africa and
being amazed,” he said, “because up until that point I believed what I
saw about Africa in ‘Tarzan’ movies.”
Glover will reunite Tuesday
with his “very good friend,” musician and lifelong civil rights
activist Harry Belafonte, whom he first met 30 years ago working in