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‘reading rainbow’s’ levar burton honored with park dedication

June 7, 2019
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Everyone’s favorite after-school babysitter LeVar Burton is being honored in his hometown of Sacramento. What is now known as the Richfield Park will be renamed after the cherished actor to celebrate his accomplishments in entertainment as well as his advocacy for child literacy and the arts.

Known best for his seminal performance in Alex Haley’s Roots, Star Trek, and Ali, Burton is perhaps most beloved for his PBS shows, Reading Rainbow, which celebrates its 36th anniversary this week.

“Mr. Burton’s career accomplishment shows the possibilities that are open to all residents, no matter where they come from,” said Councilmember Larry Carr. “He is an inspiration to our youth, to people of our community and to everyone in Sacramento.”