The Association Of Black Students Present: Levar Burton (Part Of The Su Speaker Series)

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Levar Burton became a household name in the 1970s as Kunta Kente in the television series Roots where he played a slave in the antebellum South. He then went on to play Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Treck: The Next Generation, but he is most well known as the host and executive producer of the long-running PBS children's series Reading Rainbow. The series garnered over 200 broadcast awards over its run, including a Peabody Award and 26 Emmy Awards, 11 of which were in the "Outstanding Children's Series" category. Burton himself won 12 Emmy awards as host and producer of the show.

Burton has dedicated his life to improving childhood literacy and in 2014, Burton and numerous coworkers from other past works started a Kickstarter campaign project to bring Reading Rainbow back. To keep with the changing formats that young children are exposed to, his efforts are being directed at making this new program web-based following the success of the tablet app he helped create in recent years. His desire is to have the new Reading Rainbow be integrated into the classrooms of elementary schools across the country, and for schools in need to have free access. The Kickstarter campaign has since raised over $5M, reaching triple its goal in only 3 days.

ABS proudly welcomes actor, presenter, director, producer, and author, Levar Burton to Wash U for a discussion on his life, the media and education.

The event is at Graham Chapel on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 pm, and will include both a lecture and question and answer session. Doors open at 6.
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