How GH’s Donnell Turner Is Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King


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“General Hospital” (GH) fan fave Donnell Turner (Curtis Ashford) will salute the legacy of American hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a very special way.

An Annual Tradition Gains a Soap Element

Turner will be one of the Grand Marshals in the City of Inglewood’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration. His co-Grand Marshal will be radio’s Kevin Nash of KJLH.

Turner Tweeted the appreciation he felt at being chosen as one of the Grand Marshals. Scroll down to see his message.

A Special Day Every Year

Inglewood is a city in Los Angeles County, southwest of downtown Los Angeles. Just over 100,000 people call it home. GH, of course, tapes in Los Angeles.

“Inglewood’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration is an inspiring event that reflects our community’s continued commitment to the ideas of freedom, equality, and mutual respect inspired by Dr. King,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. to Inglewood Today News. “The public is invited to join us in remembrance of this civil rights hero,”

Turner and his co-host will oversee songs, speeches, and other festivities in honor of the nation’s greatest civil rights champion on the national holiday dedicated to him.

The Ashfords as a Welcome Addition to GH

The appearance of Shawn Butler (Sean Blakemore) TJ (Tequan Richmond), Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), and Curtis Ashford on the GH canvas allowed for the stories of African-Americans to be told in a layered, nuanced–not to mention soapy–way. The addition of Anthony Montgomery (Dr. Andre Maddox) to the cast contributed to this much-needed element on GH.

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Akbi Khan has been watching and loving soap operas for 31 years and writing about them for the last four. She also loves sitcoms; musicals; laughter; going dancing; spending time with family and friends; fighting for animal rights, ethical environmental stewardship, civil liberties preservation, and LGBTQ rights; and evolving along a spiritual path. She has a Master’s in rhetoric and composition. Akbi is 39 years old and lives in Ellicott City, Maryland.

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