In his work as well as his life, acclaimed actor and activist Lou Gossett, Jr. has labored to bring people of all races together. Roots, of course was one of America’s great history lessons, informing the civil rights struggle with the profound sense of the inequality that was being corrected. In 1971, he and James Garner teamed in one of the first buddy films bridging the racial divide. As two con men gaming the practice of slave-holding before Emancipation, they created a comedy which deeply underlined common humanity. His teaming with Dennis Quaid in the remarkable Enemy Mine was a two performer drama exploring racial distrust in the metaphor of creatures from two different species trapped together on a dangerous planet.