Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, host of BET News, political contributor for CNN, and Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College has been named the College of Education's May 2016 Commencement Speaker.

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World With Black Enterprise and the inaugural host of Huff Post Live, as well as a former political contributor to Fox News Channel. Dr. Hill has received awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. In 2011, Ebony magazine named him one of America’s 100 most influential Black leaders.

Dr. Hill is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Temple University.

Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, Dr. 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. He is also a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union and works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project.

Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hill received his B.S.Ed. in Elementary Education from Temple University.

Dr. Hill is the author or co-author of four books: Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; Nobody: America’s War on Its Vulnerable from Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond (July 2016); and Gentrifier (June 2016).

He has also published two edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; and Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education.