Veterans for Peace National Convention in Washington, DC.
August 5 - 9, 2009
University of Maryland, College Park
Lennox Yearwood, Jr., is a minister, community activist, and one of the most influential people in Hip Hop political life.
He currently serves as President of the Hip Hop Caucus in Washington, D.C. The Hip Hop Caucus is a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan, organization that engages young people in urban communities in elections, policy making and service projects.
Rev. Yearwood is known for his activist work as the National Director of the Gulf Coast Renewal Campaign in which he organized a coalition of national and grassroots organizations to advocate for the rights of Hurricane Katrina survivors. In 2006, the campaign received the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award.
Rev. Yearwood has become an important figure in both the peace and climate movements as an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq and our country's “dependence” on foreign oil. He was an Officer in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and led a "Make Hip Hop Not War" national tour to engage more young people in the movement for peace; he is currently a member of the Iraq Veterans Against the War.