Tim McGraw took the stage and captivated the audience on Saturday night, but he wasn’t performing.
Instead, the country star was receiving an honor at the Men Stopping Violence awards dinner, held at the downtown Ritz-Carlton.
“I am a product of domestic violence,” McGraw said. “It is a learned behavior. I learned a lot. I learned how not to treat my wife, how not to treat my family. My wife, Faith Hill, is my inspiration and my partner in all I do.”
The couple founded the Neighbor’s Keeper Fund, which supports a number of community projects.
In addition to the work he and Faith do supporting charities, Tim is known for not putting up with guys behaving badly toward women at his shows. Here’s a story detailing how he ejected a fan from one of his concerts for treating a woman badly.
“You don’t treat women like that,” Tim said at the time.
He referenced that on Saturday. While he has the microphone at a concert and therefore calls the shots, it’s up to everyone to speak out against domestic violence, he said.
“We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us,” he said. “One of the most basic things we can do is let the men in our lives know it’s not OK to mistreat a woman. Every one of us has the microphone when it comes to domestic violence and mistreating women.
He also talked about what a personal cause domestic violence is, as a father.
“I’ve been blessed with three beautiful daughters,” he said. “They’re strong, like their mother. I don’t want them to ever be afraid to speak their mind.”
Also honored at Saturday’s event were playwright Pearl Cleage and Herman “Skip” Mason Jr., an author, historian and general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. The late Frank Ostrowski, who was a psychologist and peace activist, was honored posthumously.