Los Angeles, Calif.
Rev. Eric P. Lee is President/CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Los Angeles, author of his book, Marriage Equality: Proposition 8, The California Divide and co-producer of a 90 minute documentary on the failure of public education as it pertains to African American and Latino children titled, “Who Is Accountable?”
Rev. Eric P. Lee is a founding member of the Stand For Security Coalition, organizing African American Security Officers into an SEIU union; a Diversity Task Force member, working to reintegrate African Americans into the hotel and restaurant industries; founding member of the Alliance for Equal Opportunity in Education, a collaboration of organizations that forced UCLA to change their admissions to be more inclusive of Black students; founding member of the Knowledge Transfer Summit, an African American Leadership Forum; Co-Chair of Black Community, Clergy & Labor Alliance, and also a founding member and Chair of the Black Education Task Force, a collaboration of organizations whose mission is to improve the quality of education for Black students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
As a civil rights activist, Rev. Lee took a stand against California Ballot Initiative Proposition 8 in support of marriage equality and LBGT Rights, believing that anytime one group of people is denied the same rights and privileges of others in society; it is fundamentally a denial of their civil rights.
Rev. Lee has lived in Los Angeles for 28 years but was born and raised in Oakland, California, the heart of social and economic activism on the West Coast. Inspired by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a young age, Rev. Lee has committed his life to fighting for justice against oppressive forces that continuously hinder people from achieving equality, freedom, justice and dignity, following the guiding principle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.
Rev. Lee has a B.S. in Political Economies of Industrial Societies from U.C. Berkeley, a Masters in Pastoral Studies and M. Div. from Bible Believers Christian College & Seminary. Rev. Lee is affiliated with the Black Business Association, Recycling Black Dollars, 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.