Children’s Author and Advocate
For over 15 years, Tonya Lewis Lee has been a creative force in children’s literature and production. Among her many projects, she helped to create programming for Nickelodeon that featured artists like: Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, and Whoopi Goldberg. She has also produced I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education. And, she wrote the screenplay for The Watsons Go to Birmingham for HBO.
Ms. Lewis Lee is an author, too. She has written three books for children, with her husband, Spike Lee: Please Baby Please (2002), Please Puppy Please (2004), and Giant Steps to Change the World (2011).
In her advocacy work, Ms. Lewis Lee serves as a spokesperson for A Health Baby Begins with You, an infant mortality awareness program of the Office of Minority Health, a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services. She also produced the film, Crisis in the Crib: Saving our Nation’s Babies, for the same organization and speaks to audiences around the country about infant mortality rates and the importance of improving them.
Finally, Ms. Lewis Lee often speaks to the media about issues of women and race. And, she serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
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