Actor, author Hill Harper to speak for Black History program

hill-harper-portraitBestselling author, actor, and philanthropist Hill Harper will serve as the featured speaker during the Black History Month Celebration at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). The free, public event will be held Tuesday, February 2 at 11:00 a.m. in the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. HPER Complex.


An accomplished film, television and stage actor, Harper currently stars as Calder Michaels on USA Network TV series “Covert Affairs”. Harper recently starred on the hit CBS drama series “CSI: NY” as reclusive coroner Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. Prior to that leading role, he appeared as an ambitious undercover FBI operative on the CBS series “The Handler”, and starred in CBS’s ensemble medical drama series “City of Angels”. He also starred in the HBO film “Lackawanna Blues,” appeared on recurring episodes of Showtime’s “Soul Food” and guest starred on HBO’s “The Sopranos.” Other television roles include the CBS mini-series “Mama Flora’s Family” and UPN’s “Live Shot,” as well as numerous guest appearances on such hit series as “ER,” “NYPD Blue,” “Murder One,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Married….With Children.”  


On the big screen, Harper will soon be seen in the upcoming “Parts Per Billion,” and “The Boy Next Door.” Recently, he appeared in “The Volunteer” and “1982”. Harper received critical acclaim and an Independent Spirit Awards nomination for his performance in the film “The Visit.” His feature credits also include “Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls,” “The Skulls,” “In Too Deep,” alongside Omar Epps, Stanley Tucci, and LL Cool J, “Beloved”, starring Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover, and two Spike Lee projects: “He Got Game” and “Get on the Bus.”  


Harper’s interests also extend beyond the acting realm. After graduating magna cum laude from Brown University, he received a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, as well as a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government. Harper founded the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit outreach program for at-risk teens, and is also the author of multiple bestselling books, including “Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny”, an advice book for teens that won the American Library Association’s 2007 prize for Best Book for Young Adults, and the newly-released “Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones.”   


For more information about the event, contact the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at (870) 575-8866.

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