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Denzel Washington Realized a 1975 Prophecy That He Would ‘Speak to Millions of People’ Pointed To His Eventual Fame

Karabo Baloyi
May 03, 2022
07:40 P.M.
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Iconic Hollywood actor Denzel Washington was deeply involved in the church as he grew up. He once day received a prophecy whose meaning he understood many years later. 


Denzel Washington was born on December 28, 1954. He was pretty mischievous while growing up. His mother, Lennis, was his most significant influence throughout his life. 

Most of Denzel's friends were going down a dangerous path in their lives. His mother realized this and made sure to remove him from that situation before it was his turn. 

A photograph of Denzel Washington when he was younger. | Source: Getty Images


"I was what they call 'throwing rocks at the penitentiary,' but I never hit it," he said. He added that he knew right from wrong and didn't get caught. In the ninth grade, Lennis sent him to a private school. 

Unfortunately, his friends did not get the opportunity to get away from a dangerous lifestyle. Three of Denzel's closest friends spent varying amounts of time in prison. 

Denzel's father was a minister, so he often felt like going to church was a job. He rejected the idea of following in his father's footsteps as a teenager. He tried his hand at several career paths. 

Denzel Washington at "The Equalizer 2" Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on July 17, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images


Lennis, who was sitting in the audience, reflected on her own childhood. She said that her own parents would pray for him before he was even born.

He began college as a pre-med student. He then tried pre-law and later journalism. None of those career paths stuck. He found his true passion when he started acting in his junior year in college. 


Pauletta Washington, Denzel Washington and mother, Lennis Washington. | Source: Getty Images


Denzel said that he spends every day trying to learn from spirituality. He reflected that his experience of being deeply involved in the church helped him as he navigated Hollywood. He said, "It kept me grounded inside of myself."

After Lennis sadly passed away, Denzel made a promise to her and God to do good things the right way.



on his mother acknowledging that he did good things, but she


, "It's time for you to do good the right way." She also told him that he couldn't buy his way into heaven despite his generous nature. 

Actor Denzel Washington poses for the movie "For Queen & Country " in 1998. | Source: Getty Images


He added how his mother affirmed him often, "I wasn't where I needed to be yet, but I knew I was on the right track." He also tearfully remembered his mother's influence in his life: 

“Mother is a son's first true love. A son, especially the first son, is a mother's last true love.”

While speaking to Oprah, Denzel remembered when he once came home telling his mother how he was a star. His mother quickly shut him down by reminding him of the many people praying for him to succeed. 

Denzel Washington is seen filming "Journal for Jordan" on March 25, 2021 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images


Lennis, sitting in the audience, reflected on her childhood. She said that her parents would pray for him before he was born. Their prayer was, "God bless my children and my children's children."

After Lennis sadly passed away, Denzel made a promise to her and God to do good things the right way. He also promised that he would live his life in a way that honored her. 


Denzel Washington attends the Los Angeles Lakers vs New York Knicks game at the Staples Center on January 29, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


Denzel told the story of how in 1975, he received a prophecy. He was sitting in his mother's beauty shop, and a lady was sitting behind him, staring at him. The lady took a piece of paper and started writing. Denzel said:

“She wrote `Prophecy', and she wrote 1975, and she wrote the number 28.”

The lady looked at him and said, "Boy, you're going to speak to millions of people." Denzel asked his mother who the lady was. She replied that she was one of the oldest church members in town and was known to have the gift of prophecy. 

Pauletta Washington and Denzel Washington attend the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images


The Washington Family Foundation that Denzel and Pauletta founded, committed $1 million to support student members of the Wiley College debate team. 

He initially thought that the lady meant that he would also be a preacher, but this was not true. Denzel later realized that acting was how he would speak to millions of people.

Denzel became what the prophecy said he would be. He became a world-famous actor who was never flashy. He also continued to interact with people in a friendly and kind way. 


Denzel Washington poses with children from the Boys and Girls Club "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on September 25, 2014 in Universal City, California. | Source: Getty Images


Denzel approached his acting as a form of ministry. He focused on the spiritual evolution of the real-life people he portrayed. "Once you make a movie, it belongs to the people," he said. 

He also focuses a lot of his time and money on philanthropy. He and his wife, Pauletta Washington, have donated money to numerous organizations. He often got offers for movie roles, but his heart lay with charity work. 

He explained that helping people and serving others was always a rewarding experience. The Washington Family Foundation that Denzel and Pauletta founded committed $1 million to support student members of the Wiley College debate team. 


Denzel Washington attends the 'The Magnificent Seven' Premiere during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 10, 2016 in Venice, Italy. | Source: Getty Images

"Supporting the next generation of brilliant minds in the art of debate at Wile Colleg will open so many doors of opportunity for these students during college, career, and beyond," Denzel said. 

The Foundation donated $100 000 a year for a decade to make up the $1 million. Denzel said, "I'm here to serve, help, and provide." Denzel added that he heard God saying he needed to feed his sheep with every prayer, and that's what he would continue to do.