Jeff Johnson to deliver Fall Commencement speech

Johnson Jeff-Photo2PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Award-winning journalist and thought leader Jeff Johnson has been slated to deliver the keynote address during Fall 2014 Commencement exercises for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The free, public event will be held Friday, December 12 in the Pine Bluff Convention Center arena. The procession of the graduating class will begin at 9:45 a.m. according to university officials. Attendees are asked to arrive by 9:30 a.m.

Jeff Johnson is currently a partner and Chief of Strategy & Planning for Baltimore based branding firm Illume Communications. In this role he provides strategic insight and messaging consulting to clients in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Johnson has maximized his expertise in communications, grassroots mobilization, political campaigns, youth engagement, and strategic consulting to create a unique career committed to developing solutions and systemic change. Johnson works with clients to develop strategy, solutions, and content that merge effective tradition with innovative methodology for the purpose of positive transformative change and market impact. He has a gift of creating non-traditional partnerships and progressive eco-systems by utilizing meaningful relationships developed in the entertainment, non-profit, and government sectors.

A former BET host and producer and an MSNBC contributor, Johnson also served as National Director for the Youth & College Division of the NAACP and held an appointment by Russell Simmons as the Vice President of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN).  He currently provides regular content on and the nationally syndicated Rickey Smiley Morning Show.

Johnson has committed much of his personal and professional life to the development of young people and continues to support youth leadership all over the country. He serves on several boards including the Morehouse Research Institute, Cleveland State University School of Urban Affairs, and the historic Lincoln Theatre in Columbus, OH. Jeff is the honored husband of Jacqueline and the proud father of Madison, Myles, and Malcolm.

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