ST. LOUIS – St. Louis native and superstar actress Jenifer Lewis has taken on the role of an activist, not for a new movie or television show, but for her personal mission to make a difference in the world.

Lewis was in the Gateway City recently promoting her book titled “Walking in My Joy.” During a special engagement at the Loretto-Hilton Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Webster University, the Webster alum engaged a huge crowd as she shared fascinating stories about her life’s journey. She also discussed serious issues that moved her to play a greater role in advancing humanity, including mass shootings, police brutality, and mental health.

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The Kinloch native moves between acting and activism as she encourages everyone who listens to do one thing.

“I always say human beings have one job, self-care. That is the first thing you gotta do, self-care. Take care of yourself,” Lewis said.