Actor, director and producer, Tyler Perry has donated $1 million to the NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights group, in honor of the organization’s centennial anniversary. Scheduled to be delivered over a four-year period, Perry’s donation is the largest ever given to the NAACP by an individual entertainer.
Benjamin Todd Jealous, President and CEO of the NAACP, grateful for the donation said,
“Tyler Perry exemplifies an unyielding commitment to uplifting and bringing hope to the disenfranchised and those less fortunate. Both in his films and in his life, he reflects an impressive ethos of caring and conscientiousness. We are deeply grateful for his support.”
Perry said he felt honored and blessed to be in the position to give to the NAACP:
“Had it not been for the perseverance and vision of the thousands who came before me in the 100 years of this legendary organization, I would not be in the position I am in today. I continue to be thankful for the tireless work of the NAACP, and I am proud to be able to help in their mission to fight for the equality of all people, and to work towards the elimination of discrimination against race.”
For all the flack Perry receives from inside AND outside the Black community for his artistic choices, he should be commended for literally putting his money where his mouth is in regards to wanting to give back to the Black community. Whether he does it through donating to the NAACP or employing a slew of Black actors and crews, he’s doing more than many people of color in the entertainment industry.
What do you think? Is this genuine corporate philanthropy or a savvy PR move to hush critics who deem him and his work detrimental to the Black community?