Edith L. Payne

Independent Historian

Edith Lee-Payne is Executive Director of the Lee-Lovett Foundation (LLF), a non-profit organization promoting and encouraging organ and tissue donation.  The LLF was co-founded with James Lovett Jr., a heart recipient, and in memory of her eldest son, Antoine Lee.  The LLF targets potential donors particularly in the African-American community where donors are most needed.  She is a marketing and political relations consultant, political strategist, and community and civil rights activist. Currently, she is vigorously involved with repealing recently enacted legislation in Michigan that reverses democracy and the republican form of government provided for in the U.S. Constitution.  A book/movie is forthcoming about the image of her taken at the March on Washington on August 28, 1963 which was recently found in the National Archives and Records Administration.  Because of that image she has been associated with the March and with  Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in articles, publications, and documentaries.  She resides in Detroit, Michigan, has one son Ronald, and eight grandchildren.

March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963: One Participant Remembers

In the account below Edith Lee-Payne recalls the day she was photographed as a 12 year old participant in the March on Washington, and the curious history of that photograph through 2011. My grandparents, Marie and John Spencer Lee, left Culpeper, Virginia for Washington, D.C. … Read MoreMarch on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963: One Participant Remembers