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University Housing Services is pleased to welcome activist, journalist and television personality Dr. Marc Lamont Hill for the Black History Month Cultural Dinner Monday, February 2 at 5 p.m. in the Brown Ballroom at the Bone Student Center. His keynote will address college affordability with a focus on the impact of the African-American community
Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading hip-hop generation intellectuals in the country as he covers topics in culture, politics and education. Many have seen him provide commentary for CNN, MSNBC and Fox News in addition to his hosting responsibilities on HuffPost Live and BET News. An award-winning writer, Dr. Hill is also a columnist and editor-at-large for the Philadelphia Daily News.
His interest in social justice led him to help organize My5th, a nonprofit organization devoted to educating youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. Dr. Hill also started a literacy project that uses hip-hop culture to increase school engagement and reading skills among high school students.
When he is not giving insights through media or organizing a new project, Dr. Hill teaches at Morehouse College as a Distinguished Professor of African-American Studies. He has also published several books with his newest titled, “The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations of Black Life in America.”
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 gritts, blackberry cobbler, and bread pudding with caramel rum sauce.
Tickets are one meal swipe for those with meal plans and $20 for those without meal plans. They can be purchased online at Housing.IllinoisState.edu from January 5-28. Tickets will not be available at the door. For more information, contact (309) 438-5399.
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).