Danny Glover is in Mississippi, in part, to participate in a health and wellness seminar Saturday in Philadelphia.
Well-known for his roles in "Lethal Weapon", Lonesome Dove" and "The Color Purple", Glover is affable and friendly.
A native of San Francisco, Glover attributes his openness to his mother, who grew up in rural Georgia.
"She never forgot where she came from," said Glover, "even though she was 3,000 miles away. That's the embodiment of what I'm about."
While he's no stranger to the big screen, what many people may not know is that Glover is also no stranger to economic development.
Since the age of 19, when he worked as a tutor, Glover has been involved in economic development of some sort. Now at age 64, he offers his support to causes that foster economic development.
"Let's say the ideas about re-imagining what we can be in the 21st century in this country is going to come from small communities that have not been traumatized by what's happened in larger cities, the de-industrialization," Glover said.
Although an avid supporter of the movie industry, Glover says his goal is to encourage development in areas that are more long-lasting.
"That's a distraction from real economic development; not saying that it doesn't bring certain resources temporarily to a community, but you can't rely on that as an intricate part of developing your community," said Glover.
Despite his long list of accomplishments, Glover says his family makes him most proud.
"My most proud accomplishment is being a father," he said. Absolutely!"
Glover is here in the state, teaming up with some Winston County natives to kick off a statewide initiative on improving health.
"What we're hoping to do as well as health and wellness is bring some financial stability to the economy," said seminar spokesperson, Ruthie Bass.
"I think it's going to build some relationships," said Philadelphia Mayor James Young. "I'm already building some relationships with him and those who are working with him. The broad picture of what I want to see is the health of our community being enhanced by the connections we make today and tomorrow."
The seminar will be Saturday at Westside Community Center in Philadelphia, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.