Danny Glover Talks About His Black Power Mixtape Film

The actor breaks down the history of activism that got him to this point.

By Jamilah King Jan 25, 2011

Democracy Now host Any Goodman caught up actor Danny Glover at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to talk about the new documentary "The Black Power Mixtape." The film, which was co-produced by Glover, features rare archival footage shot by two Swiss journalists at the height of the Black Power movement, between the years 1967-1975. And it’s generating a lot of buzz because of its focus on some of the movement’s most recognizable figures, including Angela Davis, Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, Stockley Carmichael, and Eldridge Cleaver. In the interview, Glover talks about his own years of activism as a student who fought for ethnic studies at San Francisco State, black student organizing in the ’60s, and why the film’s especially important now in an age of Wikileaks.

In the interview, Glover recounts his personal connection to the film:

The BSU, when I can to San Francisco State in 1966, it was beginning to make its own transition, you know. And why this film was important for me was the fact that it is also my moment, my transition, as well. I had been raised–had been born and raised through the civil rights movement, and now, as the Black Power movement emerged, we begin to assume that–in fact, we had invited Amiri Baraka out to San Francisco State in the spring of 1967.

Watch the full interview in the above clip, or read the transcript over at Democracy Now.