The Inspiring Legacy of LeVar Burton: A Giant Among Educators

Grayson Larkspur

Updated Friday, May 3, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

In a world filled with beloved figures like Bob Ross and Mr. Rogers, there is one inspirational individual who often goes unrecognized for his immense impact on generations of children. LeVar Burton, the man behind the iconic "Reading Rainbow," has been a beacon of light, education, and imagination for countless young minds.

In an age where attention spans are dwindling and technology dominates, Burton's dedication to promoting literacy and a love for reading is truly commendable. With his warm smile and friendly demeanor, he has captivated the hearts of children and adults alike. The image that has recently surfaced captures the essence of Burton's influence, showcasing his genuine joy and passion.

Sporting a white T-shirt adorned with a rainbow graphic that reads "READING RAINY" and "30th ANNIVERSARY," Burton stands as a testament to the longevity and impact of the groundbreaking television program. The rainbow imagery symbolizes the diversity of literature and the joy of exploring different worlds through books. It's a celebration of thirty years of inspiring young minds to embark on literary adventures.

The image also reveals a necklace with a circular pendant, partly visible, that adds a touch of personal style to Burton's ensemble. This subtle accessory, much like the man himself, is a reflection of his multifaceted nature as an entertainer, actor, and educator.

While the image suggests that Burton may not have received as much recognition as his counterparts, the comments from fans speak volumes about his influence. Many reminisce about how his soothing voice and captivating presence made them feel safe and inspired during their childhood. Others credit Burton for instilling a love for reading and encouraging them to explore the world of books.

Burton's impact goes beyond the television screen. He has continued to inspire and uplift through various endeavors, including his podcast "LeVar + Moms for Liberty," which tackles thought-provoking topics with his signature positive energy. His dedication to promoting education and literacy is unwavering, and his influence will undoubtedly continue to resonate for years to come.

It is important to acknowledge the immense contributions of individuals like LeVar Burton, who have dedicated their lives to making a difference. Let us not forget the impact that such figures have on shaping young minds and fostering a love for learning. As the saying goes, "But you don't have to take MY word for it..." Take a moment to reflect on the countless lives that have been touched by LeVar Burton and the incredible legacy he has created.

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Feel like lots of teachers go unappreciated. Bill Nye comes to mind. Hes more often the b*** of a joke but inspired many children and taught many more. Not to even mention the multitudes of incredibly intelligent youtubers putting out decent content to teach that get almost no subs or credit for their craft.


“But you don’t have to take MY word for it…”


His voice use to calm me down as a kid. I use to pretend he was my uncle while all the choas was around.


RR is great but my favorite TV show about books will always be Wishbone


He truly did inspire me to read. And I so wanted to be one of those kids at the end recommending books.


True. However, Bob Ross and Mr.Rogers were singular throughout their careers. Yes they were entertainers. This Man. This man has multiple instances and inspirational moments. In every role. He was an entertainer but was also an Actor.


I see this guy on here at least as much as those other two


I have persistent memories of two episodes. One was when he took us behind the scenes of Star Trek and showed how the make-up and everything was done. I think that’s something every kid should see at a young age, so they know a lot of the stuff TV isn’t real. It’d save a lot of stress. There was also one where a kid was lost and he told him to ask a police officer for help. That planted the idea that policing isn’t just shooting bad guys. I wish that lesson aged better.


When I was little I didn't understand how he could read the books without his visor/glasses.


Levar has some really positive energy vibing out of him. He IS a great guy. Met him once while working with him. He sparked all of the talent to give me a hug after the show. I can’t say enough good things about this incredible human.

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