Shannon Lee (daughter of Bruce Lee) will be presented with a proposed Bruce Lee Congressional Resolution on Thursday May 17, 2012 recognizing the immense impact that Bruce Lee has had on American and global popular culture and the important role he played in creating a bridge between cultures, championing values of self-respect, self-discipline, and tolerance and pioneering and cultivating the genres of martial arts, martial arts films, fitness and philosophy in the United States and the world. The Resolution was introduced by Rep. Mike Honda and was co-sponsored by Reps. Judy Chu, Jesse Jackson Jr., Raul Grijalva, Hansen Clarke, Roybal-Allard, Eni Faleomavaega, Laura Richardson and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan.
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Congress, Media & Entertainment Industry, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community Come together to Honor Bruce Lee
Rep. Honda Introduces Resolution Honoring Bruce Lee, Joins with AAPI leaders, Entertainment Industry for Screening of Spike TV’s “I Am Bruce Lee” Documentary at MPAA Theatre
Washington D.C.— Today U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Members of Congress, Congressional staff, leaders from the media and entertainment industries and members of the AAPI community are coming together to honor the life of legendary martial artist Bruce Lee at a reception and screening of the new documentary “I Am Bruce Lee.” The reception is taking place at the Motion Picture Association of America’s theatre in downtown Washington D.C. as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and is co-hosted by Comcast, Viacom, Spike TV, the Bruce Lee Foundation, and Meridian Hill Strategies, which represents the Bruce Lee Foundation.
“It is my privilege to introduce legislation honoring the life and contributions of Bruce Lee and the Bruce Lee Foundation and to be with such a diverse group of leaders to celebrate Bruce’s legacy as part of APA Heritage Month,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA). “Bruce Lee’s legacy and the Bruce Lee Foundation continue to be a global force that bring people together, break down barriers and create opportunities for young people – in keeping with the values of excellence, leadership and inclusion that we celebrate this month.”
“Being great is one thing, but being remembered is another thing,” said Jon Jones, Current UFC Light Heavyweight World Champion. “To be great, magnificent and remembered, you have to stand for something and change the world in a way. People love Bruce Lee all over the world, and I want to have that same impact.”
At the reception, Rep. Honda is presenting Shannon Lee, Bruce’s daughter and the President of the Bruce Lee Foundation, with a Congressional Resolution (http://1.usa.gov/KquepX) that he introduced honoring the contributions of Bruce Lee and the ongoing work of the Foundation. The Resolution is currently co-sponsored by Reps. Judy Chu, Jesse Jackson Jr., Raul Grijalva, Hansen Clarke, Roybal-Allard, Eni Faleomavaega, Laura Richardson and Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan.
“We are deeply honored by the strong support we have received from Rep. Honda and the Members of Congress, the entertainment industry, and leading stakeholders from AAPI community who are joining us tonight for the screening and reception to celebrate what my father stood for,” said Shannon Lee, President of the Bruce Lee Foundation. “We are also very grateful for the Congressional Resolution that honors my father’s legacy and the work of our Foundation which puts his values into action every day in the form of education, scholarships and community enrichment.”
“As a powerful national voice for inclusion and reconciliation, it is very fitting that Congressman Honda joins with the Bruce Lee Foundation to bring a diverse group of lawmakers and stakeholders together to keep the torch of Bruce’s legacy burning brightly,” said Ernest Baynard, President of Meridian Hill Strategies Inc. “Bruce Lee’s legacy is a living thing— we are incredibly grateful to Rep. Honda and all the Members of Congress and stakeholders who are standing with us to keep that legacy alive and pay it forward for future generations.”
“We are proud to support this event to celebrate the work of the Bruce Lee Foundation as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month,” said Johnnie Giles, Executive Director, External Affairs, Comcast Corporation. “Along with Chairman Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Representative Mike Honda, other Members of Congress, we honor the legacy of Bruce Lee. As part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Comcast is making over 350 entertainment choices highlighting Asian American Pacific Islander culture and contributions, including several of Bruce Lee’s films. Comcast is committed to bringing our customers diverse programming, and has continued to expand our Asian-Pacific American programming across our viewing platforms.”
“Spike TV is proud to partner with the Bruce Lee Foundation and Congressman Honda to celebrate this inspiring film that delivered critical-acclaim and record ratings for the network,” said Kevin Kay, President, Spike TV.
For more information about the Bruce Lee Foundation go to: www.bruceleefoundation.com
Jack D’Annibale (Honda) (202) 225-3327
Ernest Baynard (Bruce Lee Foundation) (202) 550-1610
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What: Reception and Screening of Spike TV’s documentary “I Am Bruce Lee”
When: Reception 6:30 – 7:00 PM. Screening 7:15 – 8:45 PM. This will also be a media availability for Shannon Lee and Rep. Honda and event hosts.
Where: Motion Picture Association of America (1600 Eye Street, NW)
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