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Activist, journalist, scholar and television personality Marc Lamont Hill will be the speaker for the Black History Month Cultural Dinner at 5 p.m. Monday, February 2, in the Brown Ballroom at the Bone Student Center.
Hill, a scholar and one of the leading hip-hop generation intellectuals in the country, will address college affordability with a focus on the impact of the African-American community.
Tickets are one meal swipe for Illinois State University students with meal plans and $20 for the public and those without meal plans. They will be available from January 5 to 28. Tickets will not be available at the door.
Known for his commentaries on culture, politics and education for CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, Hill also helps host programs on HuffPost Live and BET News. An award-winning writer, Hill is also a columnist and editor-at-large for the Philadelphia Daily News.
The author of The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations of Black Life in America, Hill is a distinguished professor of African-American studies at Morehouse College. He is active in social justice issues, and helped organize My5th, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. Hill also started a literacy project that uses hip-hop culture to increase school engagement and reading skills among high school students.
Along with Hill’s talk, entertainment for the night will come from DeShawn Williams, a singer with smooth baritone vocals and music influenced by the sounds of Michael Jackson and Earth, Wind & Fire. Dinners will include quinoa and kale salad with citrus vinaigrette, collard stuffed chicken breasts with red pepper coulis, Philly meatloaf, cheesy grits, blackberry cobbler, and bread pudding with caramel rum sauce.
This event is sponsored by University Housing Services and co-sponsored by Illinois State’s Campus Dining Services, Association of Residence Halls, Hewett-Manchester Student Association, East Campus Diversity Coalition and MECCPAC (A Dean of Students’ Diversity Initiative).
For more information on the Black History Cultural Dinner, call(309) 438-5399.