Karyn Parsons grew up learning important stories of African American achievement from her mother, an activist and librarian in South Central Los Angeles.

Karyn Parsons (Courtesy Photo/sweetblackberry.org)

As a result, not only did she embark on a successful acting career, becoming well known for her role as Hilary Banks on NBC’s long-running hit sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” but she also wound up creating a venture to share stories that empower children.

Parsons is the founder and president of Sweet Blackberry Foundation. She came up with the idea for the nonprofit while acting on “The Fresh Prince.” But it wasn’t until she was pregnant with her daughter Lana that she decided it was time to bring the idea to fruition.

“I started thinking a lot about my responsibility as a parent, about supplementing my child’s education,” Parsons told DiversityInc.  More….