By Frank James
Tyler Perry, the one-man media empire who has made a fortune by making plays, movies and TV shows with broad appeal to African-American audiences, has pledged a $1 million donation to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The NAACP says it's the largest single gift it's ever received from an individual entertainer.
From the civil-rights organization's press release:
"We are honored that Tyler Perry chose to support the NAACP," said Julian Bond, Chairman of the NAACP. "Tyler is a courageous pioneer in bringing positive images of African American culture and struggles to the screen. His remarkable journey from poverty and childhood abuse to become one of the world's most successful filmmakers and entrepreneurs is an inspiration to us all," Bond said.
The press release also quotes Perry:
"I feel so honored and blessed to be in a position where I can give to the NAACP." Perry said. "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."