Rosario Dawson charmed Gaston Hall last Friday afternoon in a talk hosted by the Lecture Fund. Dawson conversed with students about her life as a political activist as well as her experiences growing up in an abandoned building on the Lower East Side. A prominent Hollywood actress, recognized for her roles in “Men in Black”, “Seven Pounds”, “Sin City”, “Rent”, and several more, Dawson is known as one of the most politically active actresses in the Hollywood industry. During the lecture, she shared her beliefs with Georgetown students through a series of stories and favorite quotations.
“I really truly feel that the journey really is the destination. I am an artist and I am all about the journey,” Dawson said.
Dawson’s own journey has taken her through many stages, which she credits for her involvement in issues ranging from preventing domestic violence to encouraging Latinos to vote. For Rosario Dawson, her experiences were the stem of several inspirations.
“I was born to a teenage mother, she was 16 when she got pregnant with me. She raised me to have as many opportunities and things and values that I could possibly have.”
Dawson began her career in activism before she started her career in acting.
“I started my very first campaign to save trees when I was ten. It was very encouraged by my mom,” Dawson laughed. “I don’t think it was much more than a few posters, though.”
Dawson made her entire speech without wearing any make-up. “I am nude of makeup because it is fresh face Friday. A fifteen-year old girl asked for fresh face Friday, having a day when women didn’t wear makeup to put out the message that girls were beautiful no matter what.”
Dawson kept the conversation mostly informal, showing off her fun personality and joking with the crowd. She also encouraged all students to register to vote.
“Anne Frank survives today because she wrote down her story. That’s one of the reasons why voting is such a particular asset for all of us. It gives us the opportunity to write down our story.”
Dawson was optimistic about her hopes to register Latinos and young people to vote.
“The arc of the universe is long, but bends towards justice. People powered politics can’t be beat.”
Photo by Tess O’Connor