When: Monday, October 15, 2018, 9:15 a.m.
Where: Loeb Performing Arts Center
Scholar and activist Marc Lamont Hill will deliver this year's Annual Mercer Tate '48 Lecture for Public Service. Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. Watch the live stream here! (NEW LINK AS OF 9:30 a.m.)
In addition to being a GFS parent, Dr. Hill is currently the host of Black Entertainment News (BET) and a political contributor for CNN. Dr. Hill has received numerous 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.
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 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 Black leaders.
Dr. Hill is the author or co-author of four books: the award-winning "Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity"; "The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America"; the New York Times bestseller "Nobody: Casualties of America's War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond"; and "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 intersection between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.
The Mercer Tate '48 Lecture was established in 1992 in honor and memory of Mercer D. Tate, a lifer at Germantown Friends School, and features prominent speakers from various fields of public service. Tate was a dedicated public servant devoted to the GFS community and to Philadelphia. Among his many public service activities, he was the Democratic leader of the ninth ward in Philadelphia, president of the Fellowship Commission, president of the United Neighborhood Centers of America, and a delegate to the Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, where he helped rewrite the state constitution.
Mercer Tate also served GFS in many ways: as head of the alumni association, as a member of the School Committee, and as a constant and committed volunteer. He devoted his life to public service and exemplified the values that we still model at GFS today.