Many actors and actresses spend their time championing a chosen cause or two, and Denzel and Pauletta Washington are known for doing the same. They're making a difference together, though, and that says a lot about the quality of their relationship and an alliance of values.
The couple have established a scholarship fund at Cedar-Sinai, and the Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars Program in Neuroscience provides some valuable training opportunities for medical students that might just go on to change the world. It provides the financial means to partner young students with researchers in their particular field of interest, and also recognizes others with official commendations.
They work together for other causes, too, and in 2016, they jointly hosted a fundraiser for the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. Over prior years, about $55 million has been raised for the project, and they opened their Hollywood Hills home to sponsors — and raised a further $17 million. Not only did they host the evening, but Pauletta performed there, too. The entire thing sprang from a family trip they had taken to Israel.
"There was one room in the Holocaust museum that featured clothes, shoes, and other items of the children murdered there and it was very disturbing," Pauletta said (via Variety). "I asked my kids about it after we left and I could tell it haunted them, too. But it also made them think about their own history and they asked me where was a place that told our (African American) story. That hit me because I didn't know at the time this museum was in the making."