( The Root ) -- When actress Alfre Woodard recently traveled to Charlotte, N.C., to announce a cybersummit at Johnson C. Smith University that will coincide with the Democratic National Convention in September, it was just another step in a lifetime of political activism. "I started walking the precincts with my parents when I was 10 years old," she said. Woodard is a native of Tulsa, Okla., a city rich in its history of African-American achievement and infamous for a 1921 racially motivated riot when whites burned the city's wealthy "Negro Wall Street" to the ground.
Woodard chose acting as a lifetime passion and profession when she was 16 years old. But her "real job, the reason we're here together," she said, is "to learn how to love each other -- in our households, in our communities" and to make sure all of the Earth's resources stay in balance to benefit all of us. "We do that by working for justice." As a female of color, coming of age in Tulsa, Woodard, now 59, said, "It was impossible not to be involved in politics."
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