Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. is a Minister, national leader and community activist committed to mobilizing the Hip Hop generation to utilize its political and social voice as the President & CEO of Hip Hop Caucus. As a national leader, speaker, and activist in the environmental movement, he has successfully raised awareness of political, civil rights and social justice issues disproportionately impacting communities of color by engaging and building powerful relationships with the Hip Hop community and key environmental leaders. Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Rev Yearwood, a Louisiana native, established the award-winning Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign, which advocated for the rights of storm survivors, prevented illegal and unjust evictions from temporary housing, and advocated for criminal justice, education and job legislation. In 2008, Rev Yearwood created the highly acclaimed and longest Hip Hop civic engagement program ever -- the national “Respect My Vote!” campaign. Since 2008, the campaign has registered and mobilized tens of thousands of young voters, including setting a world record by registering 32,000 people across 16 U.S. cities in one day. The campaign spawned out of Rev Yearwood’s work in four voter turnout operations during the 2004 presidential election, including P. Diddy’s Citizen Change “Vote Or Die!” campaign, Hip Hop Summit Action Network’s “Hip Hop Summits”, Jay-Z’s “Voice Your Choice” campaign, and AFL-CIO’s “Hip Hop Voices” project.
Netroots Nation participation
- Netroots Nation 2019