The College of Communication & Information (CCI) presented actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Cylk Cozart with the 2018 CCI Diversity Award at the 10th annual CCI Experience Diversity Banquet on February 23.
Cozart, who delivered the banquet keynote, has appeared in films such as 16 Blocks, Eagle Eye, Adrift and White Men Can’t Jump. He has more than 30 films and 20 television shows to his credit.
Cozart’s compassion, understanding and capacity to give are exemplified by his devotion to utilizing his celebrity status to advocate and support numerous charities and humanitarian events including: the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the National Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and many others. He is the co-founder of Cure4Hunger.org and serves as its CEO & Co-Chairman.
He is also co-chairman of P.O.V. Planet, which created and produced the all-star celebrity video, "Spirit of Life" for the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia. Spirit of Life earned a Videographer Award, Aurora Award, NY Film Festival Bronze Award, and Telly Award.
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to a Native-American mother and an African-American father, Cozart graduated from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, where he majored in child psychology. After college, he pursued a successful modeling career in Miami and made his feature film debut in Warner Brothers Blue Skies Again (1983).
Cozart has been the recipient of many awards including the National Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award and the David R. Richardson Jr. National Nation Builder Award.
The banquet is the annual fundraiser for CCI’s Diversity Student Leaders society (DSLS). Proceeds from the banquet are used to support DSLS student field trips and other activities.