Film director Tyler Perry gives $1 million to NAACP

Tue Nov 24, 2009 7:32pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Director and comic actor Tyler Perry, whose films include the recent "I Can Do Bad All By Myself," has given $1 million to the NAACP in the largest gift ever by a single person to that civil rights group.

The gift will be paid over the next four years and was made to commemorate the organization's centennial anniversary, the NAACP said in a statement.

"Tyler is a courageous pioneer in bringing positive images of African American culture and struggles to the big screen," NAACP chairman Julian Bond said.

Perry, 40, has made a name for himself writing, directing, producing and acting in stage plays, DVDs and movies based on everyday characters in black households. Much of his work is comedic and delves into religious or spiritual themes.

His character Madea, a large grandmother played by Perry, has become extremely popular, and she is the central role in his work ranging from movies "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" to "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Madea Goes to Jail."

Perry's latest "I Can Do Bad All By Myself" stars Taraji P. Henson as an alcoholic who falls in love with a handyman.

(Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis)