Elisabeth Omilami, AEA SAG

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Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in a year that marked the first killing of a prominent civil rights leader, her favorite quote is: “Whenever we get too big to do the little things, to see the little people and to right the wrongs to those who are voiceless, we have lost out souls to something that will eventually destroy the humanity in us. We have and lost the real meaning of life, of love, and the purpose for being.”

THE ARTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
Art has always mingled with life as Mrs. Omilami began her acting career touring in the play written by her mother “The Life of a King” believing that art must have some social justice purpose. Omilami studied Theatre at Hampton University. Her favorite role is that of Mama Lena Younger in “A Raisin In The Sun”.

Her film credits reflect a combination of her involvement with human rights organizations and her work with the homeless. Most recently, she plays a DEFACS worker alongside Sandra Bullock and her husband actor Afemo Omilami in the true story of a homeless child who became the Baltimore Ravens’ Michael Ohr, “The Blindside”. The film garners rave reviews, a Golden Globe and People s Choice Award and an Oscar for the Ms. Bullock. Again, art meets life.

Elisabeth was honored to work with Christian filmmaker’s Messenger Films in “The Bill Collector”, directed by Cristóbal Krusen. She was also a co-star of Christian filmmaker Gary Wheeler’s “The List” again along with her husband actor Afemo Omilami. (OMILAMI.COM)

Her artistic pursuits mirrored her work as a young woman in the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King and included, among others, two co-starring roles: Amelia Boynton in “Selma, Lord Selma”- the two-hour telepic based on two girls’ experiences as participants in the 1964 Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Ala. for ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney. She played alongside longtime friend, the late Yolanda ing in that feature. Also her featured role as Ms. Edna Browns in “The Rosa Parks Story”.

Other TV/Film credits include featured roles in Tyler Perrys “ Family Reunion”, various episodes of “In the Heat Of The Night”, HBO’s “Boycott”; “Funny Valentine” for BET; Warner Brothers’ “A Time To Kill”, “To Dance With Olivia” for CBS/Lou Gosset Group, “The Perfect Crime” for USA and a recurring role in the award winning “I’ll Fly Away” as Joelynn Morris. Other film and TV roles include the lovely Camilla in “The Bobby Jones Story-Stroke of Genius”, the strict mother in “Glory Road” insisting ”my son Harry knows it!” Roles in “The Ray Charles Story”, “Murder In Mississippi”, “On Promised Land” and “Separate But Equal”.

With over 25 years of experience as an actress in the Theatre her Stage credits are too numerous to mention but a favorite is her role in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” in which she plays a homeless woman again, the indomitable Mrs. Fezziwig. Other favorites include Truvy Jones in STEEL MAGNOLIAS, Quilly McGrath in THE OLD SETTLER, Odessa in THE AMEN CORNER, Blues Speak Woman in SPUNK, Miss LaMaMa in SHAKIN’ THE MESS OUTTA MISERY.
Mrs. Omilami founded of one of Atlanta’s earliest theater companies, People’s Survival Theater, as well as the “Summer Artscamp”, which has provided arts programming for economically challenged youth for over eight years. She has written several plays including “There Is a River in My Soul”.

While working as an actress and playwright, Elisabeth Omilami also worked along with her husband Afemo Omilami, for over 15 years in the background of “Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless”, the organization founded by her parents in 1970 and assumed leadership of the organization upon their passing in 2000. The Omilamis, assisted by thousands of volunteers produce “Holiday Dinner Festivals” held on Thanksgiving and Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday and Easter Sunday -massive events that feed thousands.

These Festivals included the traditional all you can eat seven course meals, but the Omilamis expanded the services of the quarterly medical clinic to include flu shots, vaccines and HIV testing; clothing and toiletry distribution, home delivery of 6,000 meals, hot showers, barbers and beauticians services, allowing over 1500 volunteers an opportunity to serve.
She has collaborated with the Korean communities by providing an outlet for them to give services such as the cooking of a special Korean menu for 3,000 guests. Her work with Katrina survivors and Atlanta flood survivors served thousands with financial assistance for housing and employment referrals.

The Omilamis have two wonderful children – Awodele and Juanita and are members of Abundant Life Church in Lithonia, GA. Where they have traveled as missionaries seven times to Haiti where they have just returned from to provide medical care after the earthquake of 2010. She has also served in Kenya, South Africa, Nepal, India, The Philippines (where she has founded a school), and Jamaica.

Elisabeth Omilami, or “Mama O” as she is affectionately called now, has been lifting up the real craft of acting as a Christian actress and advocate for the poor for many, many years, and her prayer is that God will grant her the resources, the jobs and the support to continue in this wonderful ministry for many years to come. She still seeks to teach and duplicate herself and her students include many who have gone on to great success including Bill Nunn, Tyler Perry and Omar Dorsey.

Mrs. Omilami has been personally recognized by multiple organizations for her humanitarian efforts and community activism, including:
A Georgia State Senate Resolution in recognition of her Community Service,
Atlanta Business League 100 Women of Influence,
Women in Film Humanitarian Award,
Burger King Urban Everyday Heroes
Kraft Community Service,
SCLC Women Drum Major for Justice,
T. D. Jakes Phenomenal Woman
The Emory University M.L.K. Community Service Award,
The National Conference of Black Mayors Fannie Lou Hamer Unsung Heroine
The National Action Network Unsung Hero Award
The Dept of Housing and Urban Development Leadership Award

National voiceover credits include:
HOK/National Civil and Human Rights Museum; Funella for Kimberly Clark-Cartoon Network; PSA’s for Hosea Feed The Hungry, Publix Black History Series; Black Families.Com, McDonald’s, Atlanta Braves, Parmalat Dairies, Mayfield Dairies, Goodies Headache Powder, South Dekalb Malls, Augusta Malls, Northside Realty, Bell South, 3M Company, Caribbean Vitel Cellular, Ga. Baptist Convention, Atlanta Women’s Center, United Way, Home Depot, Hundai Dealers, Ga. Pacific, Mrs. Winners, Virginia Banks, Motorola, Atlanta Ballet, Feed The Hungry Foundation, CARE, Alliance Theatre, Abundant Life Church, Arts for Humanity .com Narrator One Hour Special on PBS Music Masters and Rhythm Kings; Grady Hospital Video Breastfeeding Your Baby. Contralto Vocalist

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