Rosemary Harris Lytle
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Harris Lytle has been involved with issues of diversity and inclusion for nearly 20 years – first as a newspaper journalist, as a trainer and consultant and most recently as President of the NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Area Conference. A native of Gary, Indiana, Harris Lytle graduated with a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ball State University and has worked as a reporter/columnist for newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Virginian-Pilot and The Orlando Sentinel, where she became the first Black female Society Columnist at a major U.S. daily. She served as President of the Central Florida Association of Black Journalists and Broadcasters and as Region IV Director of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is a recipient of the Excellence in Column-Writing Award from the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors and served as Diversity Content Editor for “Delving into the Divide,” a publication of the Pew Center for Civic Journalism.
Harris Lytle received the Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Colorado. She was elected NAACP State President in January 2012 and coordinates NAACP initiatives for 23 chartered units in the State Conference. She was a featured speaker at the April 2012 "We Are Women" rally that attracted 5,000 attendees to downtown Denver. She received the Citizens Project "Divine Award" 2012 and was named a "Woman of Distinction" by the Rocky Mountain Girl Scouts. Rosemary is a member of the Board of Directors of Murder Victims Families for Reconciliation, a national organization that advocates for replacing the death penalty with safer, more sensible alternatives.