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Marc Lamont Hill was born on 17 December 1978. Marc Lamont Hill an American, a renowned scholar, journalist and social commentator grew up in North Philadelphia and attended Temple University. Hill received his undergraduate degree from Temple in 2000, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between media, culture, politics and education.

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. An activist, social critic, and one of the nation’s most notable African American leaders, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is among a new generation of public intellectuals who move with equal ease between Faculty Row and Fraternity Row, “the street” and Main Street.

“Marc Lamont Hill is incontestably one of the leading scholars of our generation,” said Dr. Shaun R. Harper, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. “Any university would be lucky to have him on its roster — his homecoming is a huge win for Temple.”

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A host for BET News and political contributor for CNN is 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 the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Morehouse College.

Hill said that his roots growing up near Temple in North Philadelphia runs deep. He attended high school near the campus. Initially, Hill spent his freshman year of college at Morehouse before transferring to Temple. In later years, Hill has been a vocal critic of police brutality and an activist in the city

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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. Dr. Hill also works closely with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Over the past few years, he has actively worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and to release numerous political prisoners.

Ebony Magazine has named him one of America’s 100 most influential African-American leaders.

Dr. Hill is the author or co-author of the following books:

  1. The award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity;
  2. The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America;
  3. The New York Times bestseller Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond;
  4. Gentrifier. He has also published two edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; and Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education.

Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.

“Dr. Marc Lamont Hill a superb teacher, an outstanding researcher, and a high-profile, highly respected journalist and public intellectual,” said Klein College Dean David Boardman. “Add to that his connections in the Philadelphia community, and he is perfect for this role.”

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