2023 Commencement


Saturday, May 06, 2023


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location Name

Sumter County Civic Center

Marc Lamont Hill

Host of BET News and TheGrio

Dr. Marc Lamont 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.

Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. Hill has been a social justice activist and organizer. He has worked on campaigns to end the death penalty, abolish prisons, and release numerous political prisoners. Dr. Hill has also worked in solidarity with human rights movements around the world. He is the founder and director of The People’s Education Center in Philadelphia, as well as the owner of Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

Ebony Magazine has named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.

Dr. Hill is the author or co-author of seven books, including the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; Nobody: Casualties  of  America’s  War  on  The  Vulnerable  from  Ferguson  to  Flint   and   Beyond; Gentrifier; and Seen and Unseen: Technology, Social Media, and the Fight for Racial Justice.

Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research agenda focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.

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