Camille O. Cosby

Co-Founder at National Visionary Leadership Project

Camille O. Cosby

Camille O. Cosby

Co-Founder at National Visionary Leadership Project

Biography

Dr. Camille O. Cosby
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(Pictured above) Producer and educator Camille O. Cosby has brought to the American public, through multimedia, an appreciation of our rich and diverse cultures. Dr. Cosby's body of notable work includes producing a Peabody Award-winning television film and a Tony-nominated Broadway play, plus numerous films and documentaries. Dr. Cosby is the co-founder of the National Visionary Leadership Project, formed to help preserve the priceless legacy of African American elders.

Dr. Cosby is the author of Television's Imageable Influences: The Self-Perception of Young African Americans (University Press of America, 1994). Based on her dissertational research, the book investigates the impact of negative images of black people on television on the self-perception of young African Americans. Countering such negative perceptions has been a significant focal point of her work since she received her doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1992. Dr. Cosby also earned an MA from the university in 1980.

As part of this on-going commitment, Dr. Cosby served as executive producer on a documentary in 1994 called No Dreams Deferred. The documentary chronicled the
experiences of Thelma and Wesley Williams and their catering business designed to teach life skills to young people. The film was broadcast extensively on public television. One year later, Dr. Cosby co-produced with Judith Rutherford James Having Our Say, the inspiring story of Sarah and Elizabeth Delany, two centenarians born to a former slave, who went on to become an educator and dentist respectively. Dr. Cosby felt that the play, based on the bestselling book by Amy Hill Hearth, brought to life an important and rarely told part of American history. The two-person play starring Mary Alice and Gloria Foster received three Tony Award nominations. Diahann Carroll and Ruby Dee starred in the CBS television film version that won the prestigious Peabody Award in 1999.

Dr. Cosby's experience with Having Our Say was a major catalyst in the formation of the National Visionary Leadership Project with co-founder Renee Poussaint. NVLP is a Washington, DC-based intergenerational institution dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing history as told by distinguished African American elders. In 2004, Simon and Schuster published A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak based on stories from fifty of the elders in the NVLP archive.

In 2000, Dr. Cosby produced the critically acclaimed documentary Ennis' Gift. The film profiled individuals from all waIks of life, including actors, scientists, artists, business leaders, educators (and even a polar explorer), who were diagnosed with learning differences but refused to be limited by them. In 2004, Dr. Cosby served as co-executive producer for the major motion picture Fat Albert. Development of a biographical play on the life of Pearl Bailey is among her current projects in progress.

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National Visionary Leadership Project

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2

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Director at Smithsonian Institution

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Senior Counsel at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP

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Senior Vice President-Impact Areas at AARP Foundation

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Partner at Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP

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Member, Board of Directors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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Director at National Visionary Leadership Project

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Divisional Director, Consumer Banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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Chief Executive Officer at National Visionary Leadership Project

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Director at The V Foundation

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Education
PhD in Education

UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

Career History
Co-Founder
2001 - Current

To ensure that the wisdom of our country's extraordinary African American elders is preserved by and passed on to the young people who will lead us tomorrow.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Trustees
Current

The National Museum of African Art is an African art museum located in Washington, D.C., United States. The museum is one of nineteen under the wing of the Smithsonian Institution. The museum, which was started in 1964, was originally located at the Frederick Douglass House in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. In 1979 the museum was transferred over to the Smithsonian and relocated to the National Mall. It opened in its current location, as one of two institutions, constructed mostly underground, in the quadrangle complex behind the Smithsonian Institution Building (the Castle), in 1987.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

To ensure that the wisdom of our country's extraordinary African American elders is preserved by and passed on to the young people who will lead us tomorrow.

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