Hill Harper to keynote opening session of Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month

Posted: Monday, 12 January 2015

TROY - Award-winning actor and bestselling author Hill Harper will kick off the Leadership Conference Celebrating African-American History Month at Troy University Feb. 6.

The theme for this year's conference, which continues on Saturday, Feb. 7, is "A Century of Achievement: A Salute to African-American History and Culture." The conference was launched in 2002 and seeks to promote dialogue that fosters multicultural collaboration and equip diverse leaders with the tools to better serve their organizations and communities. The conference is co-sponsored by the University and the City of Troy.

Harper will provide the conference's opening address at 6:30 p.m. in Sartain Hall on the Troy Campus. Best known for his award-winning portrayal of "Dr. Sheldon Hawkes" on the hit CBS drama "CSI: NY" and as "Calder Michaels" on USA Network's spy drama "Covert Affairs." Harper is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University and a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School. He also holds a master's degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

His bestseller "Letters to a Young Brother" was winner of two awards by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and named "Best Book for Young Adults" by the American Library Association. His "Letters to a Young Sister" was a New York Times bestseller, and his credits also include three other books.

He has appeared in "The Skulls," "He Got Game," "Lackawanna Blues," and "The Sopranos."

He has supported youth through Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Los Angeles and is founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a non-profit youth service organization that provides a foundation for young, underserved teens to use as a launching pad to academic success.

Registration for the conference is now under way, and may be completed online at http://www.troy.edu/leadershipconference/index.html. The cost of registration is $30 for adults and $15 for students until Jan. 30, when a $10 late registration fee applies. Additional information is also available by contacting Barbara Patterson at 334-670-3204 or by email at bpatters@troy.edu or Sheila Jackson at 334-670-2283 or by email Sheila.jackson@troyal.gov. Registrants who wish to pay by check should contact Patterson by phone.

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