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On April 4, 2018, The Real Network and Danny Glover commemorate the life of Martin Luther King Jr on the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination. See Glover’s message to keep The Real News going

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DANNY GLOVER: I came by this space more than five years ago. This is your space. This is your space. This is, this, this is space. The vision of all those who brought with this, it’s Paul Jay, Sharmini Peries. The vision that they brought to this, and all the young people who work here, who come a part of this, was a vision to be inclusive, to bring you here. This doesn’t just happen because all of a sudden someone gets up in the morning, says we’re going to make this happen. It takes heart, energy. It takes resources. It takes resources. You have to embrace this, engage this, and hold it tight, because it is your space. This is allowed to happen here in this space, this community space right here, because the need for it, the passion for it, you’re here because of the passion for the work that you need, the work to push you forward day after day after day. The conversations that go on here are the conversations that, that, that surround your mind, and everything else. So we need you to be the stewards of it. We need you to take responsibility for it. It can’t be just wishing somebody else can do it. You have to do it. You have to be engaged, and continue to be engaged.

And you can imagine what it takes for you, for them, to put on this like this. For the Real News to be constant, day in and day out, 24 hours a day, on top of all the major important subjects and topics that we do. And how little it could be of your resources, the moments that you can share, what we need here to keep this going. It is only going to happen if you go and do it. It’s only going to stay alive if you’re going to do it. It’s not going to be some rich capitalist who’s going to come and say let’s make the Real News work. Because this is the antithesis of who they are. This is the antithesis of who they are. So it’s on you. We’re modest. We don’t ask for a lot. But we bring you here thinking that you will absorb this, take this in, and take it with you and understand our responsibility. Understand that we have to go on. Keep going. And the only way we are going to keep going is with you. Thank you.

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Danny Glover combines his acting career with a dedication to the common good. He is well-known for his film and television works, including the Lethal Weapon series, Beloved, To Sleep with Anger, and Freedom Song. He serves as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, works on behalf of AIDS victims in the U.S. and Africa, and helps a wide range of organizations advance the causes of civil rights and economic justice.