Anna Deavere Smith — American Actress born on September 18, 1950,

Anna Deavere Smith is an American actress, playwright, and professor. She is currently the artist-in-residence at the Center for American Progress. Smith is widely known for her roles as National Security Advisor Dr. Nancy McNally in The West Wing , and as hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie . She is a recipient of The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize , one of the richest prizes in the American arts, with a remuneration of $300,000, and was named the Jefferson Lecturer for 2015... (wikipedia)

President Obama called for a 'we' nation in his Inauguration Address. Art convenes. It is not just inspirational. It is aspirational. It pricks the walls of our compartmentalized minds, opens our hearts and makes us brave. And that's what we need most in our country today.
Friendship is a wildly underrated medication.
Learning is a tunnel experience that makes us think more broadly.
I am lucky: I have fantastic doctors and a fantastic dentist.
My work is about giving voice to the unheard, and reiterating the voice of the heard in such a way that you question, or re-examine, what is the truth.