Lionel Richie is an international Superstar with over 100 million albums sold worldwide and has been honored with countless awards including: An Oscar, 5 Grammys, 16 American Music Awards, and a Golden Globe among many others. Lionel is one of only two songwriters in history to achieve the honor of having number one records for nine consecutive years. Lionel’s career success is legendary; however, the real story behind Lionel essentially is that he is the American dream. Born in Tuskegee Alabama, he lived in a small, isolated predominantly African American community in the original home of Booker T. Washington which is situated directly on the campus of what is now Tuskegee University. Through his success Lionel has been able to give back through The Lionel Richie Foundation. The Lionel Richie Foundation is an innovative program that will strengthen the partnership between major corporations, organizations and Tuskegee University while expanding the reach of African American Studies programs. With sufficient funding resources, there will be no limit to the growth of this type of technology as a part of the college classroom experience. Lionel has built a life out of doing precisely what people presumed he could not do.