The Most Powerful Moments in HBCU History

Actor Samuel L. Jackson speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Morehouse College “A Candle in the Dark” gala

Actor Samuel L. Jackson speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Morehouse College “A Candle in the Dark” gala
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We know him for his fiery roles on the big screen, but apparently, Samuel Jackson has never been afraid to speak his truth and take action.

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Back in 1969, Jackson was kicked out of Morehouse College in Atlanta for his role in a protest on campus. The story goes that he, along with other radical students, held members of the school’s board hostage in a negotiation attempt to change curriculum. The stand-off lasted for two days. One of the members held hostage was none other than the father of Martin Luther King Jr.

“My mom showed up and put me on a plane to L.A. She said, ‘Do not come back to Atlanta,’” Jackson told Parade. “The FBI had been to the house and told her that if I didn’t get out of Atlanta, there was a good possibility I’d be dead within a year. She freaked out.”