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30 Days of Genius: Levar Burton

Chase Jarvis

5 mins

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Actor, director, and children's television host LeVar Burton shares inspiring stories from his career, reflecting on success, education, and race in America.


30 Days of Genius: Levar Burton

30 Days of Genius: Levar Burton

by Chase Jarvis


Throughout his years as an actor, producer, and entrepreneur LeVar Burton has created an artistic life devoted to social change. From starring as Kunta Kinte in the groundbreaking miniseries Roots to hosting iconic children's show Reading Rainbow, Burton has left a lasting impact on the world.

In his 30 Days of Genius series, photographer, author, and CreativeLive co-founder Chase Jarvis interviews some of the most compelling personalities in fields from business and sports to arts and culture. In this interview, Levar Burton shares how his passions and beliefs have guided him to success, though not without periods of self-doubt and failure.

Burton reveals the profound impact his role in Roots had on both his life and conversations about race in America, and how Reading Rainbow harnessed his life-long love of reading to improve literacy and ignite a love of stories in children.

Favorite quote

Life is circular; it is possible to come back to the same place you were on the wheel, but different. I'm very different than I was 40 years ago.

- LeVar Burton

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