2002-03 Distinguished speaker series
Former CNN Headline News anchor who co-hosted "The Week In Review." She is also a licensed private investigator, holds a first-degree black belt in Choi Kwang-Do, a bodyguard to visiting firms and celebrities, and a Fulton County deputy sheriff in the reserve division. She is the author of "How to Win Friends, Kick Ass and Influence People."
Chosen as ABC-TV's Person of the Week and a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Jane Elliott rose to fame as the creator of the Blue-Eye/Brown-Eye Exercise where participants are labeled superior or inferior by the color of their eyes. A former teacher from Iowa, Ms. Elliott began the exercise in a third grade classroom in an all white, all Christian school immediately after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This profound exercise has allowed many to experience the feeling of discrimination, the same way today's society discriminates against women, people of color, homosexuals and the disabled. Her works have been the subject of four documentaries and she has committed herself to the fight against prejudice, ignorance and racism in society.
Mr. Winkler is best known as the "Fonz" on the long-time hit show "Happy Days." Although his leather jacket is hanging in the Smithsonian and re-runs of the show continue to air on Nickelodeon's "Nick At Nite" program, the actor continues to stay busy directing and producing TV shows. Last season, Winkler made his Broadway debut in Neil Simon's "The Dinner Party" to rave reviews. Winkler has also made guest appearances in such films as "The Waterboy," which he did with friend Adam Sandler and won an Emmy nomination for his performance in ABC's "The Practice." Next season he will be replacing Whoopi Goldberg in the center square on the popular game show "Hollywood Squares."
JAMES EARL JONES
James Earl Jones, the legendary actor with the unforgettable voice, is the third speaker in the series and will be appearing Homecoming week. Jones' voice gave character to the villainous Darth Vader in the renowned "Star Wars" Trilogy, but his resume does not stop there. He has appeared in several Tom Clancy thrillers, such as "Clear and Present Danger" and "Patriot Games."
An Actress, dancer and singer. She made her film debut at the age of fourteen in "A Medal for Benny" in 1945 and appeared with Yul Brenner in the Rodgers and Hammerstein1956 film classic "The King and I." A regular on the hit HBO original series "Oz," Moreno is well known as the only female performer to have won an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and a Grammy Award. A veteran of television, Broadway and film, Ms. Moreno starred in the classic motion picture "West Side Story," for which she won the coveted Oscar.
Sampson, a Pembroke native and a 1978 graduate of UNCP, is the head basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma and has been recognized as one of the nation's top college basketball coaches. His 2001-02 squad finished 31-5 and reached the Final Four in the NCAA basketball tournament.
Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2004
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