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Isaiah Washington

Actor, Producer, Philanthropist Isaiah Washington to Address Education and Social Justice Conference
"I decided I was going to take this broad nose, these full lips, and this dark skin, and prove — I was going to make this dark-skinned man one of the most beautiful, the most powerful, the most respected actors I could become. I had to become an actor because I was angry.
I was disappointed in society. I was disappointed in us. I was tired of this thing called racism, and colorism, and unfairness, and I wanted to do something about it. I’ve always been an activist. Always. I became an actor because I’m an activist. It chose me."
- Isaiah Washington, Award-Winning Actor, Father, Philanthropist
Isaiah Washington IV

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.

To register for the Education and Social Justice Conference, click here.

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