Tickets are now on sale for Cameron University and Cameron Campus Ministry’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration banquet, featuring activist and social critic Marc Lamont Hill on Monday, January 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Bridging the Gap: From Civil Disobedience to a Hip Hop Nation.” Tickets are $30 for adults and $13.50 for students and are available by calling Cameron Campus Ministry at 580-357-7226. The deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, January 10.
In addition, Hill will lead a panel discussion at 2 p.m. on January 17 in the CETES Conference Center, located on the west side of the Cameron campus. Joining him on the panel will be Cameron graduate T.W. Shannon, a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and Kimberly Jones, a teacher at Lawton High who is pursuing a master’s degree at Cameron. A reception and autograph signing will follow the discussion. This event is open to the public at no charge.
Activist, social critic and scholar Marc Lamont Hill wears many hats. Consistently recognized as one of the nation’s most notable African American leaders, he has emerged as an important voice in a new generation of public intellectuals who move with equal ease between Faulty Row and Fraternity Row, “the street” and Main Street.
Adding a depth of understanding to the country’s changing paradigms on diversity, hip-hop culture and the younger generation, Hill is known for his thoughtful perspectives on everything from sexuality to education to religion. His respected commentary has been featured on NPR, in The Washington Post, Essence, and The New York Times, as well as on “Fox News” where he is a regular political contributor.
A social activist who is deeply involved within his community, Hill preaches a higher degree of involvement and economic self empowerment, raising the bar of African-American leadership to a new level. As a scholar – he is an associate professor of English education and anthropology at Columbia University and an award-winning newspaper columnist and blogger – Hill has shed light on an entirely new approach to teaching. In his pioneering book, “Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life,” he explores the nature of hip-hop culture, its presence in today’s classroom, and how certain teaching techniques can be implemented to embrace it, impacting student life in remarkable ways.
Always willing to probe the issues of the day – from the popular to the controversial to the sensitive – Hill provides a fresh, informed, thought-provoking perspective that never fails to challenge and engage.
The 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration is co-sponsored by Cameron Campus Ministry and Cameron University. For more information, please contact Cameron Campus Ministry at (580)357-7226.
January 4, 2011