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Glover Receives Humanitarian Award

November 11, 2002

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Actor Danny Glover was given the Marian Anderson Award, which honors artists whose leadership benefits humanity.

Glover, who received the award and $100,000 prize Sunday, was given the honor because of his work as an artist and a humanitarian who has fought for causes ranging from abolition of the death penalty to fighting AIDS, Mayor John F. Street said.

Glover, whose film credits include ``The Color Purple,″ the ``Lethal Weapon″ series and ``The Royal Tenenbaums,″ has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. A handful of his films were shot in Philadelphia, including ``Witness″ and ``Beloved.″

The award is named after Marian Anderson, the late opera singer and Philadelphia native who was the first black performer to sing at the White House.

The first recipient of the award was Harry Belafonte in 1998, followed by Gregory Peck in 1999, Elizabeth Taylor in 2000 and Quincy Jones in 2001.

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Marian Anderson Award: http://www.phila.gov/marian/

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