My @chicagosuntimes story on #lawandorder, @nbcchicagomed Actress S. Epatha Merkerson/Talks #Diabetes, #Chicago #Violence
http://bit.ly/2u8Roet (Click link in bio)
#Emmy, #GoldenGlobe and #NAACPImage award-winning actress #sepathamerkson is passionate about a few things.
Acting's one. Advocacy on #Type2diabetes is another. So is her belief in the value of #education and #extracurricular activities in keeping kids from violence.
Best known for her 17-year run as Lt. #AnitaVanBuren on TV’s longest-running crime drama, Merkerson moved to Chicago 3 years ago for a role on 1 of @nbc's 3 Chicago-centric drama series.
Acclaimed for her work in theater/film/TV, she plays hospital chief #SharonGoodwin on the show entering its third season.
She's known for her work as spokesperson for America's Diabetes Challenge, an educational project of the @amdiabetesassn to help people with Type 2 manage the disease affecting Merkerson and more than 30 million Americans.
Chicago has grown on the #Detroit native and #NY transplant. But there's something that troubles her in a city she calls home.
“The violence has been quite an eye-opener for me," Merkerson said. "It's hurtful, because we’re losing all these youth ... "