Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, an award-winning journalist and one of the leading intellectual voices in the country, will present the keynote address at Southeast Missouri State University’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner Jan. 23 in the Show Me Center.
The theme of this year’s dinner is “Building Community in an Hour of Chaos.”
Dinner tickets are $20 each or $160 for a table of eight and go on sale Nov. 1 at Southeast Bookstore, 388 N. Henderson, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Doors will open at 5 p.m. on Jan. 23 with the dinner scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. One hundred free dinner tickets for students only will be available in the Center for Student Involvement in the University Center. Additional student tickets are $5 each.
Sponsorships can be purchased online now at https://semo.edu/mlk/dinner/index.html. Platinum level sponsorships are available for $3,000 a table, Gold level sponsorships for $1,500 a table, Silver level sponsorships for $300 per table and Bronze level sponsorships for $250 per table.
Hill is currently the host of HuffPost Live, BET News and VH1 and a former political contributor for CNN. An award-winning journalist, he shares a bold vision of the future, advocating that social progress and the pursuit of equality depends on listening to each other while adopting a fearless attitude toward change.
Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, 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. He also 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.
Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Morehouse College. Trained as an anthropologist of education, he holds a doctoral degree with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics and education in the United States and the Middle East.
Ebony Magazine has named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders. He has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
As a scholar and award-winning author, Hill dissects political and social moments with charisma and passion to initiate frank discussions on culture, politics and race. He emphasizes the importance of working across generations to promote America’s youth and relying on them to inspire future progress. He supports bringing communities together, inspiring hope and courage.