July 23 2024

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Burton On Diversity

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During a Martin Luther King Day event at Oakland University, Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton spoke about diversity, including this year’s lack of diversity when it comes to the Academy Award Nominees.

“We live in a society that has very few points of view,” said Burton. “The lens is very narrow that we see ourselves through.”

Burton, who played Kunta Kinte in Roots, the acclaimed 1970s miniseries that won nine Emmy Awards, explained that black stories are important, and not just for blacks. “There’s an entire generation who haven’t seen Roots,” he said. “It’s not just a black story. It’s an American story.

“Over eight nights, I watched this country being transformed.”

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