Humanitarian, actor, author, health and wellness ambassador/educator and philanthropist, Hill Harper addresses the ECU community in celebration of the annual MLK Jr. Celebration.
Free. Tickets are available at the Central Ticket Office
Melissa Haithcox-Dennis, LWCC
This event was awesome and Hill Harper was an excellent speaker!!
Mr Harper is passionate and has been doing more than acquiring wealth for himself. That is good. He has a desire to help students and does more than just lament current conditions -- he gets involved. Very commendable. He tries to connect with people and motivate them to also become involved -- also good. I think his message was a bit conflicted, however. He mentions systemic and institutional causes for poverty. He touches on racism as the roots of these institutional and debilitating causes, yet all of his reform proposals seem to be at the individual level. The burden of victimization has to be correctly identified before we put the whole reform effort on the backs of the victims. You cannot support Michelle Rhee on the one hand and get mad at institutional racism on the other. They go together. I would have liked to asked about that. Also, I found his attack on the audience insulting. How does he know that I don't do anything to contribute? It is my life's work after all, as it was for many in the audience.