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Lisa Williamson (Sister Souljah)

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Born: 1964 AD
Currently alive, at 50 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Activists, Critics, Musicians, Producers, Singer

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1964 - Lisa Williamson born in the Bronx, New York. Activist, Writer, and Rapper Sister Souljah was her famous name.  As a student she was excellent but disliked what she was being taught in school. She felt that she was being taught very little of her history. So she took a very active and special interest in learning everything she could about African history. Which she felt was purposely left out of the education curriculum in this country. While in high school, she interned in the House of Representatives for the Republican Party. 1980 - She became a well-known and outspoken voice on campus and active writer for the school paper.        - While she was attending college, Reverend Benjamin Chavis of the United Church of Christ Commission for Racial Justice offered her a job. She spent the next three years developing, organizing, and financing programs like a sleep away camp called the African Survival Camp, located in Enfield, North Carolina for homeless families. 1982 - She was also the recipient of several honors during her teenage years. She won the American Legion's Constitutional Oratory Contest, A scholarship to attend Cornell University's Advanced Summer Program, and a chance to study aboard in Spain at the University of Salamanca. All before the age of 18, after which she attended Rutgers's University and double-majored in American History and African Studies. 1990 - She continued her commitment to social injustice but it began to take a controversial stance. 1992 - As a political activist, Sister Souljah became angered by the condition of African people thought the entire world. Her strong dedication and reputation for being opinionated about this subject tended to get her into trouble.        - One such incident occurred, when Candidate for President, Bill Clinton admonished Sister Souljah at a Rainbow Coalition event for comments she made on her rap album 360 Degrees of Power. However, Sister Souljah has preserved and stays an activist for the people always. She even added the title of author to her resume having published two books No Disrespect and the NY Times bestseller The Coldest Winter Ever. 1997 - She is also the executive director of Bad Boy Records CEO, Sean "Puffy" Combs, non-profit organization for kids called Daddy's House. The program serves over 600 kids from ages 6 to 16 from the inner city neighborhoods of New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, by providing them with educational and mentor opportunities.       - She was also one of the speakers at the Million Women March in Philadelphia. At the age of 36 Sister Souljah has come full circle and doesn't plan on turning back.


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