CNN political contributor Hill to present U-M MLK keynote lecture

The University of Michigan MLK Symposium will host a Keynote Lecture by Marc Lamont Hill, a CNN political contributor and host of HuffPost Live and BET News, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 19, at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. The lecture will be followed at 11:30 a.m. by a group discussion on “Your Role in Social Change,” held in the Michigan League Koessler Room. Both events are free.
Named by Ebony Magazine in 2011 as one of America’s 100 most influential black leaders, Hill 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, he has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
Hill is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Temple University.
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. 
Hill 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.
Trained as an anthropologist of education, 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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