Davison lecture series begins with Hollywood actor

August 31, 2010 — A Hollywood veteran from one of Fox network’s highest-rated shows will take center stage at Fort Valley State University in September. Tommy Ford—best known for his role as Martin Lawrence’s best friend and side-kick “Tommy” from the 1990s hit sitcom, Martin—will kick-off this year’s John W. Davison Lecture Series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 in the C.W. Pettigrew Center auditorium.

The Yonkers, N.Y. native graduated from the fine arts acting program at the University of Southern California, and soon after landed his first television role on NBC’s, A Different World. A short time later, he made his feature film debut in Eddie Murphy’s Harlem Nights. The NAACP Image Award nominee has had several recurring and guest star roles on popular television shows such as The Parkers, Law and Order, Living Single and The Jamie Foxx Show.

Ford recently completed the fourth season as the charming and hilarious “Pope of Comedy” on TV One’s headliner, Who’s Got Jokes?, hosted by Bill Bellamy.

Ford is founder and president of Be Still and Know, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to building better communities for youth, author of a series of children’s books and a motivational speaker.

The actor, director and producer’s dedication to community service has earned a volunteer recognition award from the National Conference of Community and Justice and induction into Florida’s prestigious “500 Role Models Program.”

For more information about the upcoming lecture, please contact Alecia Livatt, event coordinator and interim development director, at (478) 825-6959.