Claremont University Consortium Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
"Youth Activism in Post-Ferguson America"
Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College, will deliver the Consortium’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture on Thursday, January 29, 2015, 7:30 p.m. in Garrison Theater at the Scripps College Performing Arts Center.
Dr. Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News, as well as a political contributor for CNN. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World With Black Enterprise and political contributor to Fox News Channel. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union, and works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Over the past few years, he has actively worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and to release numerous political prisoners. In 2011, Ebony Magazine named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.
Dr. Hill is the author of three books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America; and The Barbershop Notebooks: Reflections on Culture, Politics, and Education . He has also published three edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education; and The Anthropology of Education Reader. He is currently completing two manuscripts: 10 Right Wing Myths About Education; and Written By Himself: Race, Masculinity, and the Politics of Literacy.
Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education.
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