The award-winning actor, father and philanthropist will share his story of ancestral discovery and his new book "A Man from Another Land: How Finding My Roots Changed My Life"
A native of Houston, Texas, Isaiah Washington spent four years in the Air Force before studying drama at Washington, DC's Howard University. He then moved to New York where he appeared in a number of stage productions, including August Wilson's Fences and Thornton Wilder's Skin of Our Teeth.
Washington has appeared in a number of feature films including four acclaimed Spike Lee movies. Other feature credits include Hollywood Homicide, Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, True Crime, Bulworth, love jones, Dead Presidents and the acclaimed Dancing in September. Washington has appeared in several television series and was recipient of The NAACP’s Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his work on Grey's Anatomy. He is also a recipient of three Bronze Telly Awards for a public service television spot he produced for the LA Food Bank.
Through African Ancestry, on which he is a Board of Directors member, and through a DNA sample, Washington learned that his mother's bloodline is traced back to the Mende people of Sierra Leone and his father's to the Mbundu in Angola. In May 2006 he visited Sierra Leone, marking the beginning of his engagement with the nation and was soon granted Sierra Leonean Citizenship, making him the first African American to be granted full citizenship based on DNA. He was inducted into the Mende tribe as a tribal chief, Chief Gondobay Manga, in the village of Ngalu of the Bagbwe chiefdom. He established The Gondobay Manga Foundation to focus on educational concerns, water supply, and creating village sustainability through farming.
Cost: Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day parking ($11) available in lot 3.
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