You may recognize the face and the voice of Keke Palmer from the movie Akeelah and the bee and the hit Nickelodeon show True Jackson, VP. Most recently she joined in Nickelodeon’s largest ever World Wide Day of Play at the Ellipse in Washington DC, where approximately 50,000 kids and families got together for a full day of fun in the sun, entertainment, play and activities along with popular celebrity athletes, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul.
But that’s not the only way Keke is lending her strength. She recently joined with YWCA (United States) and Saving Our Daughter, a non profit organization dedicated to helping teens over come all aspect of bullying from the halls and classroom to the Internet. They both share the common goal of empowering women across the globe.
Keke was first affected in her young years and once again as she encounterd the bullying imposed on her 12 year old friend and fan. Illiss Marie Benjamin who was also battling cancer. She understood the pain of Illis bullying because
“I was a victim of a bully when I was 8 years old, some kids in my class made fun of me because my hair was very curly and hard to manage” said Palmer. “I am 18 years old and still, I remember it was painful, to be different, to have an illness like Little Iliss, to be different from the crowd for any reason can make you a target of a bully.”
CEO of Saving our Daughters says,
“We are so excited about having such an extraordinary singer & actress as Keke Palmer, to address these issues of bullying & abuse worldwide with the YWCA USA and with both our missions” stated CEO of Saving Our Daughters, Curtis Benjamin.”
Palmer is the leader of the “Oath Project” an initiative launced through social media networks Facebook and Twitter to get adults and teens alike to pledge to take “eight immediate steps” to battle bullying.
In October, look to see Palmer in a Public Service Announcement in response to National Bullying Awareness Month.
Keke will can next be seen on the big screen in “Joyful Noise” with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton as they attempt to keep their church choir singing. She will also be using this movie to further the platform against bullying, along with her second album release (spring 2012) . Look for her in a Nick remake of Cinderella, the TV moive “Rags” in 2012 too.
Find Keke Palmer on Facebook and on Twitter.
Find out more about The Oath Project and how you can particpate. Sign the Oath, and share it.