Name: Wanda Sykes
Distinction: An American comedian, writer, actress, and voice artist.
Brief History: She earned the 1999 Emmy Award for her writing on The Chris Rock Show. In 2004, Entertainment Weekly named Sykes as one of the 25 funniest people in America. Sykes has publicly expressed being devastated after California voters passed state Proposition 8. She said: “with the legislation that they passed, I can’t sit by and just watch. I just can’t do it.” She has continued to be active in same-sex marriage issues hosting events and emceeing fundraisers.
Importance: She has a platform and she uses it. Social justice has to be the business of everyone.