Friday, November 25, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT MISTY YOUNG
November 15, 2011
TONYA LEWIS LEE TO SERVE AS COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER
Jefferson City, MO- Tonya Lewis Lee will serve as the keynote speaker during Lincoln University’s December 2011 Commencement, scheduled for Saturday, December 10, at 10:00 a.m. in Jason Gymnasium.
Lewis Lee is founder of multimedia company, Madstone Company, Inc, which has produced children’s programming for the Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite networks. Her works have featured artists including Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Whoopi Goldberg and Queen Latifah. Lewis Lee is also a children’s author, having collaborated with her husband, Hollywood director Spike Lee, on three books that were published by Madstone Company, Inc. She has made numerous radio and television appearances and been featured in or written articles for several national publications including The New York Times, O, Ebony and Redbook.
An advocate for children, Lewis Lee has produced the documentary, “Crisis in the Crib: Saving our Nation’s Babies,” and is a spokesperson for the infant mortality awareness campaign, “A Healthy Baby Begins with You.” Her work has earned her national recognition, including being named by Essence magazine as one of 2011’s most influential African American women in the United States.
Tonya Lewis Lee is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia. She serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. She lives in New York City with her husband and their teenage children.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
If Charles and David Koch have their way, millions of eligible
Americans won't be able to cast a vote in 2012.
In recent years, the billionaire political operatives have used
their vast fortunes to finance the drafting, promoting and
introduction of model bills restricting people's ability to
vote, and so far legislatures in 38 states have introduced
Koch Brothers-supported legislation. All told, this is the most
aggressive and widespread attack on the right to vote since the
voting rights restrictions that paved the way for segregation.
This week, Brave New Films debuts a new video shining the
spotlight on the Koch Brothers and their role in the voting rights
attacks. "Koch Brothers Exposed" is a call to action for all Americans
concerned about protecting this most fundamental of rights.
Watch the video and then sign the Stand for Freedom pledge
today to fight back:
The voter suppression laws take many forms: prohibitive
voter registration requirements, sharply reduced early
voting periods, government-issued photo ID requirements, and
discriminatory laws that disproportionately deny voting rights
to people with felony convictions.
As I note in the video, these attacks on voting rights are only
the beginning. The reason that you take away somebody's right
to vote is so that you can take away the rest of their rights.
Everything we care about is at stake: the right to equal opportunity,
the right for every child to attend a quality school, for clean water
to drink and clean air to breathe, and basic protection of civil and
human rights.The NAACP is organizing aggressively to stop these
rollbacks. On December 10th, International Human Rights Day,
we will organize a series of rallies and events around the country.
In New York City, we will begin our march at a demonstration
outside the Koch brothers' offices, and continue on to a rally at the
United Nations Building.
Please join the resistance against these fundamental attacks
on human rights. Click the link to watch this new video from
Brave New films, then sign the Stand for Freedom petition
today and share it with your friends, colleagues and family
The NAACP has never stood on the sidelines when the extremists
of any era attacked the voting right of Americans. We will fight the
Koch brothers and their ilk, and with your help, we will prevail.
Standing for Freedom,
BenBenjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO