Marc Lamont Hill delivers virtual keynote for MTSU...

Marc Lamont Hill delivers virtual keynote for MTSU Black History Month

Marc Lamont Hill flyer-Black History Month 2021 keynote

A prominent African American journalist, academic and activist will provide MTSU’s 2021 Black History Month keynote address.

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, 2021 Black History Month speaker (photo submitted)

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities and Solutions at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and host of BET News and the “Coffee and Books” podcast, will deliver a free virtual presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, at

Dr. Keonte Coleman, an assistant professor in MTSU’s School of Journalism and Strategic Media, will moderate the event with assistance from DeAmbrea West, a senior journalism major from Antioch, Tennessee.

The founder and director of The People’s Education Center in Philadelphia, Hill has worked on campaigns to end the death penalty, abolish prisons and release political prisoners. He also has worked with human rights movements around the globe.

Dr. Keonte Coleman, assistant professor, School of Journalism and Strategic Media, College of Media and Entertainment

Dr. Keonte Coleman

Hill is the author or co-author of several books, including “Beats, Rhymes and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity,” “The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America,” and the upcoming “We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, Protest & Possibility.”

Named one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders by Ebony magazine, Hill has won numerous awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and GLAAD, a nongovernmental organization that monitors defamatory media coverage of the LGBTQ community.

Daniel Green, director of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center

Daniel Green

“We’re excited to bring Dr. Hill’s powerful voice and insights to the MTSU community for Black History Month, especially in light of the social and political dynamics of the past year,” said Daniel Green, chair of the MTSU Black History Month Committee and the director of the Office of Intercultural and Diversity Affairs.

“His incisive commentary is sure to give us all food for thought as our nation continues to grapple with a litany of cultural and societal challenges.”

Along with the Black History Month Committee, sponsors for Hill’s presentation include MTSU’s Distinguished Lecture Committee, the College of Media and Entertainment, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and MTSU’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

For more information, contact Green at 615-898-5812 or

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