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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.