Alfre Woodard

Actor & Activist
Alfre Woodard is an American film, stage and television actress, nominated for Academy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. She became passionate about South Africa as a student at Boston University in the 1970s. In Zimbabwe, she played the role of Winnie Mandela, the former wife of Nelson Mandela, in the HBO eponymous 1987 film.
In 1989, she became a founder and board member of Artists for a New South Africa which hopes to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. By 2001, nearly 25% of pregnant women there had the disease. Her charity has since raised more than $9million and has provided healthcare to over 3,500 South African AIDS orphans.
Woodard’s recent fundraising efforts include producing an audiobook of Nelson Mandela’s ‘Favorite African Folktales’ which features the voices of stars such as Hugh Jackman and Dame Helen Mirren. The sale of just one copy supports a child for a month.