- Isaiah Washington, Award-Winning Actor, Father, Philanthropist
A veteran of several Spike Lee films, including Love Jones, the NAACP Image Award recipient is also known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy from 2005 until 2007, and again in 2014. Currently, Washington portrays Thelonious Jaha on The CW's science fiction television series The 100.
After leaving Howard University as a theater studies major upon completing one semester, he became an original member of the City Kids Repertory, a theater company that performed in schools in an effort to bring relevant productions to high-risk kids.
In 2005, Washington discovered he was genetically linked to the Mende and Temne peoples of Sierra Leone and has since become one of the African nation's most visible supporters. Washington founded the Gondobay Manga Foundation to help build a school in Sierra Leone and also worked to bring wells, medical supplies and foreign investment there.
He is of the memoir: A Man from Another Land: How Finding My Roots Changed My Life.
Isaiah Washington will be one of the speakers at the Education and Social Justice Conference: A Multidisciplinary Framework, held at B-CU June 24 - 26, 2018.