Tyler Perry Donates $1M to NAACP

Film tycoon says organization made his success possible

By Julie Kim
|  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009  |  Updated 12:45 PM PDT
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Tyler Perry donates $1million to the NAACP

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The holiday season has already been good to the NAACP, which got an early gift of $1 million from movie mogul Tyler Perry.

“I feel so honored and blessed to be in a position where I can give,” said Perry. “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.”

Perry, the creative force behind the Madea film franchise and plays and executive producer of "Precious," is a rags-to-riches story himself.

“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, “ said NAACP Chairman Julian Bond

Perry’s gift will help fund programs on economic education, health care and criminal justice, the organization said.

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