Actor and civil rights activist Samuel L. Jackson took some time out to share his experiences with a group of young people in Los Angeles. 

Born on Dec. 21, 1948 in Washington, D.C., Jackson's family relocated to Tennessee. After graduating high school, Samuel attended Morehouse College in Atlanta. In 1968 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated, Jackson attended the funeral as an usher.

In the video below, Jackson tells the story of holding the Morehouse College campus board of trustees hostage in 1969. Ironically, one of the trustees was Martin Luther King, Sr. He also explains the importance of not allowing addiction to take over your life, by sharing examples of his personal experience with drugs.