Voice for Equality: Eric Lee
July 14, 2009
Rev. Eric Lee is president/CEO of the Los Angeles chapter of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the 50-year-old civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is also Chairman/President of the California Christian Leadership Conference, the parent organization for seven California SCLC Chapters.
President of the local SCLC chapter for two years, in 2008, Rev. Less became an outspoken advocate of the freedom to marry by gay couples during the campaign against Proposition 8, an amendment to the state Constitution that banned marriages by same-sex couples. A message from Rev. Lee about his views on marriage is posted on the website for the group Unite the Fight: "Marriage equality is a civil rights issue. Anytime one group of people is denied the rights another group of people enjoy, it is fundamentally a denial of civil rights."
He has a B.S. in Political Economies of Industrial Societies from U.C. Berkeley, and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Azusa Pacific University. Rev. Lee is affiliated with the Black Business Association, Recycling Black Dollars, 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Rev. Lee has been married 17 years and has three children.