From activist to author to TV host, Marc Lamont Hill has established a national reputation as a leading intellectual voice focused on the intersections of culture, politics and education.

He will deliver the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium keynote address from 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 19 in Hill Auditorium.

Named one of America’s 100 most influential black leaders by Ebony Magazine in 2011, Hill is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News, as well as a political contributor for CNN.

The former host of the nationally syndicated TV show “Our World With Black Enterprise” and political contributor to Fox News Channel has received awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Marc Lamont Hill

Since his days as a youth in Philadelphia, 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 also is a board member and organizer of the Philadelphia Student Union. He works with the American Civil Liberties Union Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Hill has worked on campaigns to end the death penalty and release political prisoners.

He is a distinguished professor of African-American studies at Morehouse College. Hill earlier held positions at Columbia University and Temple University. Trained as an anthropologist of education, he has a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania.

Hill has written three books: “Beats, Rhymes and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity,” “The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America” and “The Barbershop Notebooks: Reflections on Culture, Politics and Education.” He currently is completing the manuscripts “10 Right Wing Myths About Education” and “Written By Himself: Race, Masculinity and the Politics of Literacy.”