EDWARD JAMES OLMOS TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE 2014 SDLRLA SCHOLARSHIP FUND GALA DINNER!
Known for such roles as Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, Admiral William Adama in Battlestar Galactica and Prof. James Gellar in Dexter, just to name a few, Mr. Olmos is also a spokesman and advocate devoted to helping his community.
He has served as a U.S. goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and a national spokesman for the Southwest Voter Registration Project.
Olmos was arrested and spent twenty days in prison in 1991 for taking part in protests against the U.S. Navy’s bombings of the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. For his instrumental role in peacekeeping after the 1992 Los Angeles riots, he received the John Anson Ford Award and was honored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for his leadership toward racial unity. He has been active in emergency relief efforts, from organizing a relief fund for the victims of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake to advocating for the victims of the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake.
For more than two decades Edward James Olmos has advocated tirelessly for Latino and Latina communities, but his efforts for social justice transcend racial lines. “I’ve spent my entire adult life trying to realize how in the world are we ever going to come together when we keep on using the word ‘race’ as a cultural determinant,” said Olmos in a commencement speech in San Diego, California. “There’s only one race, and that’s the human race. Period.”