• Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon

Annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King

Thursday, January 21
1:00pm-2:30pm
Doors open at 12:30pm
Holiday Inn Boston at Beacon Hill
5 Blossom Street
Boston, MA 02114
Ballroom, 15th Floor


Seating is extremely limited for this special event. Tickets are required for admission without exception. To order a ticket follow this link to fill out the ticket order form.

Join us as the Suffolk University community comes together to celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Suffolk’s annual luncheon program will feature Columbia professor, former Fox News commentator and Metro contributor, Marc Lamont Hill as he explores today’s “undercover” forms of racism.  Many people will agree that racism has not ended in this country.  However, many others would like to pretend that racism has gone the way of the south’s Jim Crow Laws and segregation.  What happens when we try to name racism in order to put an end to it?  Many times people are singled out as “pulling the race card” or being confrontational about these issues.  Today’s modern racists are able to get away with their continued oppression because we are not allowed to “call a spade a spade” and confront their actions, words, or beliefs.  Dr. Hill will speak about what today’s racism looks like, how we can name it, and how we can battle it, all in order to achieve Dr. King’s dream of a more perfect, racist free world. 

Mark Lamont Hill

As an activist, scholar, and cultural critic, Marc Lamont Hill is one of America’s leading hip-hop generation intellectuals. His work, covering topics such as popular culture, politics, sexuality, education, and religion, has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, books, and anthologies. He has lectured widely and provides commentary for media outlets which include NPR, Washington Post, Essence Magazine, and The New York Times.

Hill is was a political contributor for Fox News Channel, appearing regularly on programs such as The O’Reilly Factor and Hannity & Colmes. Prior to joining Fox News, Hill was a regular guest on CNN, MSNBC, and CourtTV. An award-winning newspaper columnist and blogger, Hill’s writing can be found in Metro Newspapers, TheRoot.com, and BarbershopNotebooks.com.

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. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Hill also works directly with African American and Latino youth. In 2001, he started a high school literacy project, using hip-hop culture to increase school engagement and reading skills. He also continues to organize and teach adult literacy courses for high school dropouts in Philadelphia and Camden. In 2005, Ebony Magazine named him one of America's “Top 30 Black Leaders Under 30 Years Old.”

Hill is the author of Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Identity and the co-editor of Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility. He is currently completing You Ain't Heard It From Me: Snitching, Rumors and the Politics of Other People's Business in Hip-Hop America and the Anthropology of Education Reader.

Hill is an Associate Professor of English Education and Anthropology at Columbia University. He also holds an affiliated faculty appointment in African American Studies at the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. Trained as an anthropologist of education, he holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. Hill’s academic research focuses on the intersections between youth culture, identity, and educational processes.

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