Laurence Fishburne presented LeVar Burton with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work bringing a love of reading to countless children on "Reading Rainbow." The full video of the segment for his award includes kudos from Whoopi Goldberg, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mayim Bialik, Run DMC's Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, and more. The first Annual Children’s & Family Emmy Award Ceremonies honor the fastest-growing genre in television. With more than 3,000 entries across 52 categories, it is the most-competitive NATAS-administered competition ever.
Tony, NAACP Image, and four-time Emmy Award-winning actor, producer, director, and writer Laurence Fishburne presented LeVar Burton with Lifetime Achievement honors at the first annual Children’s & Family Emmy Awards ceremony.
An actor, director, and educator, Burton has taught multiple generations of children about the joys of reading through his work on “Reading Rainbow.” He has been honored with 13 Emmy Awards, three NAACP Awards, a Grammy Award for Spoken Word Album, a Peabody Award, the Fred Rogers Award, the Inamori Prize for Ethics in Entertainment, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The City of Sacramento dedicated LeVar Burton Park in his honor, and President Bill Clinton appointed Burton as Commissioner of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Sciences. Burton is the award-winning author of The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, A Kids Book About Imagination, and his Grammy Nominated book, Aftermath. His podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, has been downloaded more than 25 million times. Recently, he launched the LeVar Burton Book Club via the Fable app.
Among collaborations between the longtime friends, Burton served as executive producer for the 2016 remake of “Roots,” which starred Fishburne. Fishburne also appeared on Burton’s podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, in 2019.