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“Breaking Bad” co-star and diversity activist to speak at BSC on March 26

“Breaking Bad” co-star and diversity activist to speak at BSC on March 26
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—R.J. Mitte, co-star of AMC’s Emmy-winning drama “Breaking Bad” and equality and diversity activist, will speak on the Birmingham-Southern College campus on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in Bruno Great Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Mitte is best known for his role in the television series in which he plays Walter White Jr., a character with cerebral palsy. That part of the role isn’t a stretch, as Mitte himself has cerebral palsy. He will speak about his real-life experiences dealing with his condition, overcoming the challenges associated with it, and how he has achieved his goals while caring for his cerebral palsy.
On the big screen, Mitte played Tim in the 2013 feature film House of Last Things. Since 2014, he’s had a recurring role on the Peabody Award-winning ABC Family drama, Switched at Birth, playing Campbell, a pre-med college student paralyzed by a snowboarding accident.
Beyond his acting, Mitte is involved with several organizations that raise awareness of equality and diversity. He is a celebrity youth ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy and spokesman for “I AM PWD,” a campaign that advocates for actors with disabilities. Mitte is also youth spokesperson for the National Disability Institute’s Real Economic Impact Tour, which works to improve the financial situation of people with disabilities, and is working with PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention as well.
The Stirling Lecture Series is sponsored by the BSC Student Government Association in memory of Alex Stirling, the BSC student who died of cancer in 1995.