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Dr. Tonea Stewart speaks to students at Savannah State

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An award winning actress and professor spoke Monday night at Savannah State University.

The topic? Women in leadership.

Dr. Tonea Stewart, addressed a room full of people in the King-Frazier Student Center.  Her appearance was sponsored by the Women's Leadership Institute at SSU. 

Stewart is also a theatrical director and dean of the College of Visual & Performing Arts at Alabama State University.

As an actress, she is perhaps best known for her recurring role of Ms. Etta Kibbee in "In the Heat of the Night."

"We must recognize that we all are leaders. And then being able to tap into the source of what is our special gift, what is our innate ability, what would qualify us to lead in a certain way,” said Dr. Stewart.

Dr. Stewart earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for her role in the film adaptation of "A Time to Kill" and a New York World Festival Gold Medal Award for the narration of Public Radio International's series "Remembering Slavery."

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