Originally created 12/17/05

Samuel L. Jackson to receive Dream Keeper Award



LOS ANGELES - Samuel L. Jackson will be honored by the I Have A Dream Foundation for his commitment to education, both on film and in real life.

Director George Lucas will present Jackson with the Dream Keeper Award at the foundation's eighth annual Gospel Brunch at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, it was announced Thursday.

Lucas directed Jackson in "Star Wars" episodes I, II and III. The 57-year-old actor has also starred in "Shaft," "Unbreakable" and "Pulp Fiction."

In the 2005 movie "Coach Carter," Jackson played a basketball coach who benched his undefeated team when they didn't make the grade academically. The actor is scheduled to speak to students at a Pasadena middle school in January, encouraging them to stay in school.

The Los Angeles chapter of the I Have a Dream Foundation, which is issuing the award, was established in 1987. On of the 69 such projects operating in the United States, it provides mentoring, tutoring and cultural programs for students in urban areas with high dropout rates.

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