'Breaking Bad' co-star RJ Mitte to speak at Bucknell March 24
LEWISBURG - RJ Mitte, co-star of the ground-breaking television series "Breaking Bad," will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 24 in Rooke Chapel at Bucknell University. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Like his character "Walter 'Flynn' White Jr.," Mitte has a mild form of cerebral palsy. He is involved with several organizations that raise awareness of equality and diversity.
Mitte spent much of his childhood in both Austin, Texas, and Lafayette, La., where he learned to deal with and overcome many of the challenges presented by his cerebral palsy.
He is the youth spokesperson for the National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact Tour, which works to improve the financial situation of low-income persons with disabilities. He also is a spokesperson for "I AM PWD," the campaign that advocates for actors with disabilities and for "Beyond Diversity: The future is now."
In 2011, Mitte became a Celebrity Youth Ambassador for United Cerebral Palsy. In 2010, he began speaking out against bullying via YouTube and in interviews. He continues to speak against bullying as a guest speaker at the NAPT Annual Conference for school transportation professionals, and has begun working with PACER's National Center for Bullying Prevention.
Mitte will begin a recurring role on the Peabody Award-winning ABC Family drama "Switched at Birth," playing a pre-med college student paralyzed by a snowboarding accident who works at the free clinic.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Student Lectureship Committee.