Edward James Olmos to Address the Merits of Diversity

Edward James Olmos to Address the Merits of Diversity

American Perspectives Speaker Series Presented by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A


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Torrance, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–April 7, 2004–Regarded as one of the most influential actors, directors and producers, and the voice of Latin America in Hollywood, Edward James Olmos will present, “We’re All in the Same Gang,” as part of the American Perspectives speaker series presented by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., at the Armstrong Theatre, in Torrance.

Born in Los Angeles, Olmos credits his early life in the Boyle Heights neighborhood for his love of “the beauty of diversity,” explaining that on his street alone were Hispanics, native Americans, Koreans, Chinese, Mexicans and Russians. In his presentation, Olmos talks about how diversity in our society can work to our advantage.

“We’re a nation of immigrants, all of whom approach America from different perspectives,” explains Michael Rouse, Toyota’s Director of Philanthropy, who helped put the series together, and who underwrites it. “We wanted the speaker series to convey the idea that America derives its strength from its unique ability to embrace individuals from every corner of the world.”

A stage actor originally, Olmos first became widely known on the “Miami Vice” TV show, where he won an Emmy. Nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in “Stand and Deliver,” Olmos has won a Golden Globe as well as numerous civic and humanitarian awards.

Olmos presents “We’re All in the Same Gang” at the Armstrong Theatre, Madrona and Torrance Blvd, in Torrance, on Sunday, April 25, at 4 p.m. The speaker series is presented by the Torrance Cultural Arts Center Foundation and sponsored by Toyota.

Tickets are $30. Student rush tickets, available one half-hour before performance are $10. Reservations are available at http://www.TorranceFoundation.com or at 310-781-7171.

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Edward James Olmos to Address the Merits of Diversity