Critically-acclaimed, NAACP Image and SAG award-winning actor, producer, activist and author Isaiah Washington has been a star of stage, film, and television for nearly three decades. The actor will give the closing keynote address at the Fourth Annual Education and Social Justice Conference on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University, June 26, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center located at 698 West International Speedway Blvd. in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The three-day Education and Social Justice Conference, held June 24 through 26 on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University, will feature workshops and plenary sessions on a range of topics related to the theme, Achieving Social Justice: Multidisciplinary Solutions for 21st Century Challenges. The event is free and open to the public.
Washington is a veteran of several Spike Lee films, and has starred alongside such actors as Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Warren Beatty, George Clooney, William H. Macy, Steven Seagal, Jet Li, Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez, successfully carving a definitive niche for himself as a formidable talent.
Through natural progression, he branched into the development end of the business, including executive producing the critically acclaimed 2013 film “Blue Caprice.” Washington received universal praise in such media as The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, GQ, Esquire, the New York Times and Los Angeles Times for his dark, stirring portrayal of DC sniper John Allen Muhammad.
He recently produced and starred, along with Oscar winner and producer Mo’Nique, in the film “Blackbird,” and his documentary “Bound: Africans vs. African Americans,” won the Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award at the 2014 Seattle Film Festival.
Washington is actively involved through his The Gondobay Manga Foundation with global issues that often find him speaking at congressional hearings in the U.S. Capitol and working with world leaders – particularly on issues that impact his DNA-traced homeland of Sierra Leone, and also the Congo, Rwanda and many other countries throughout the African diaspora. Much of his work is chronicled in his autobiography, “A Man From Another Land,” including his vigorous campaign in the fight against Ebola.
“Social justice starts within. Self analysis is essential for each individual to properly seek and obtain social justice,” said Washington.
The Texas native is best known for his role as Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, and currently stars as Chancellor Thelonious Jaha on the CW’s hit series, The 100.
Washington is available for media interviews via telephone, online, and in person.