You’re invited to join us May 20 for United Way’s Community Speakers Series hosted by African American Leadership featuring keynote speaker Ernie Hudson, a beloved Hollywood icon known for numerous movie, television and stage roles.  He will share his amazing personal story of overcoming odds and adversity.

Learn more about the Keynote Speaker, Ernie Hudson, below.

Monday, May 20, 2019
11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Doors open at 11 a.m. Lunch served at 11:30 a.m.
Koury Convention Center
3121 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro

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Event proceeds support programs that help end local poverty.

Ernie Hudson is one of the most sought-after actors of our time with an impressive list of credits and awards. His body of work has diverse range, including Ghostbusters 1 and 2 with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, TV’s Law and Order, HBO’s award-winning series Oz, the acclaimed movie The Crow, Miss Congeniality 1 and 2 starring next to Sandra Bullock, and currently, is the lead character in The Family Business which airs on BET Networks. He is a beloved star in film, television and stage, long considered one of Hollywood’s iconic working actors who continually delivers.

Born into poverty in the housing projects of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Hudson grew up during a time where civil rights had a long road ahead. He overcame insurmountable obstacles with the loss of his Mother from tuberculosis when he was only two months old and the absence of his Father he never knew. Ernie gained the reputation for being the toughest kid in school. Odds were more in favor of Hudson spending a life in prison than experiencing a successful career in Hollywood.

Despite these difficulties, he had a grandmother who raised him and encouraged him to dream and get an education.  As a child, Hudson loved to write short stories, poems and songs, always thinking that his words might one day come to life on stage. After graduating from college, the first of his family, he was rewarded a full scholarship to the M.F.A. program at the prestigious Yale University School of Drama.

The wisdom Hudson gained before his Hollywood days allows him to relate to struggling individuals and communities. He understands the challenges of overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems and inspires others to always persevere.

Hudson’s persistence has had him working in the film industry for over four decades. With such a resume, he can entertain audiences with stories of his humble beginnings, his Hollywood ups and downs and the lessons he has learned. Ernie will share the secrets of how to get out of the box of limitation and land dream roles, not just on the stage or screen, but roles important to everyday life.

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