Early life and education of Denzel Washington Jr

Washington was born in Mount Vernon, New York. His father, Denzel Hayes Washington, Sr., a native of Buckingham County, Virginia, was an ordained Pentecostal minister, and also worked for the New York City Water Department and at a local department store, S. Klein.

His mother, Lennis “Lynne” (née Lowe), was a beauty parlor owner and operator born in Georgia and partly raised in Harlem.

Washington in 2000
Washington attended Pennington-Grimes Elementary School in Mount Vernon until 1968.

When he was 14, his parents divorced, and his mother sent him to a private preparatory school, Oakland Military Academy in New Windsor, New York.

“That decision changed my life,” Washington later said, “because I wouldn’t have survived in the direction I was going.

The guys I was hanging out with at the time, my running buddies, have now done maybe 40 years combined in the penitentiary. They were nice guys, but the streets got them.”

After Oakland, Washington next attended Mainland High School, a public high school in Daytona Beach, Florida, from 1970 to 1971.

He was interested in attending Texas Tech University: “I grew up in the Boys Club in Mount Vernon, and we were the Red Raiders. So when I was in high school, I wanted to go to Texas Tech in Lubbock just because they were called the Red Raiders and their uniforms looked like ours.”

Washington earned a B.A. in Drama and Journalism from Fordham University in 1977.

At Fordham, he played collegiate basketball as a guard,under coach P.J. Carlesimo.

After a period of indecision on which major to study and taking a semester off, Washington worked as creative arts director at an overnight summer camp, Camp Sloane YMCA in Lakeville, Connecticut.

He participated in a staff talent show for the campers and a colleague suggested he try acting.

Returning to Fordham that fall with a renewed purpose, Washington enrolled at the Lincoln Center campus to study acting, and where he was given the title roles in Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones and Shakespeare’s Othello.

He then attended graduate school at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he stayed for one year before returning to New York to begin a professional acting career.


Darren Hardy
Darren Hardy is an American author, keynote speaker, advisor, and former publisher of SUCCESS magazine.

Hardy is a New York Times best-selling author, who wrote The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster, Living Your Best Year Ever, and The Compound Effect.

Hardy started his first business at age 18.

He has been a central figure in the success media business for 20+ years.

In 2007 he became publisher of SUCCESS magazine and Success Media.In December 2015, Hardy announced he was leaving SUCCESS magazine as publisher to pursue new opportunities.

Prior to this position, Hardy held executive positions at two personal development-focused television networks. He was executive producer and master distributor of The People’s Network (TPN), and president of The Success Training Network (TSTN).

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