Dr. Marc Lamont Hill Gives Talk in Community Celebration to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Published: January 29, 2016

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill Gives Talk in Community Celebration to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – It was an eventful evening at the fourth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration as keynote speaker Dr. Marc Lamont Hill gave a powerful speech to recognize the spirit and works of the noted civil rights leader. The event, held January 26 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center, was hosted by the Island University and Del Mar College.

Hill, a Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga., is also the current Host of BET News and a Political Contributor for CNN and Fox News. He has also penned three books on the topics of education and journalism.

“It was only 20 years ago that the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was recognized as a national holiday,” Hill said. “King’s birthday and other celebrations in his name come after the efforts of an outgrowth of political struggle. People had to struggle and fight to get this.”

Hill noted that even with recent social progress, like our nation electing its first black president, he still continues to see racial divides.

“It is my hope that individuals who attended the event were encouraged to make a positive impact in their community and together be the leaders in global change,” said Angela Walker, Associate Dean of Students at A&M-Corpus Christi, and co-organizer of this event. “Partnering with Del Mar College has been a great collaboration in bringing national renowned speakers to our campus.”

The celebration included musical offerings by Corpus Christi community members, Rev. Quincy D. Mosley and Mr. Dariyan Green. In addition, local youth group BLESSED performed a special interpretive dance scene.

Immediately following the event, Hill sign copies of his books and hosted a meet and greet with those in attendance.