Marc Lamont Hill

Marc Lamont Hill

Award-Winning Journalist and Leading Intellectual



Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country.

He is currently the host of BET News, The Grio, Al Jazeera UpFront, and the Coffee & Books podcast. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Hill is a Presidential Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he teach courses in Anthropology, Urban Education, and Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to that, he held positions at Morehouse College, Temple University, and Columbia University.

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 eight books, including the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life; Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond; We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest, and Possibility; Except For Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics; and Schooling Against The Prison.

Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His current research and writing explore the relationships between race, culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.

The War on Youth In the last 50 years, America's youth have been increasingly marginalized in society. Hill says we've replaced a language of love, when talking about our youth, with one of blame. America has inflicted injunctions on gangs, legislation against baggy pants and attacks on rap music, all leading to the propaganda that today's youth are worse than young generations before them. Hill wants to combat the misconceptions plaguing today's youth with an acknowledgement that, as integral to American society's fabric, they are rich with resources rather than social burdens.

Building Community in an Hour of Chaos Hill offers a critical analysis of the current social and political moment. By identifying key issues, challenges, controversies and trends that have emerged or lingered as of recent, Hill spotlights the work that must be done to sustain the progress of the freedom struggle. Moving beyond mere critique, he also provides concrete solutions as well as sites of hope and possibility for healing our national, local and university communities.

Other Topics Dr. Hill can address include:

Politics in AmericaThe State of the Hip-Hop NationPromoting Diversity in EducationThe Mass Incarceration CrisisEducating Black YouthTowards a New MasculinityRace, Racism, and Professional Sports

  Topic Areas

African Americans/Black
Electoral Politics/Civic Engagement
Youth/Student Activism/Leadership
Race/Racial Justice/Racism

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Marc Lamont Hill’s lecture on culture, politics and education for Black History Month was fantastic. We had a large turnout and the students were very engaged. Still talking about his visit days later!
Worcester State University

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