Memorial Keynote Lecture

Monday, January 15th, 2018

10am-11:30 am (EST) (Doors open at 9:30 am. Free and open to the public, not ticketed.)

Hill Auditorium

825 N. University Avenue, Ann Arbor MI, USA 48109

Recording of event:

The University of Michigan MLK Symposium welcomes: 

Hill Harper

Actor & Youth Advocate 

Hill Harper is an award-winning actor, best-selling author, and philanthropist. Harper starred on the CBS TV drama CSI: NY from 2004 to 2013. As of March 2013, he joined the USA Network spy drama Covert Affairs. Harper is the author of four New York Times bestsellers and he has earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting. He is founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship, and grant programs.

Harper graduated magna cum laude as valedictorian of his department with a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and cum laude with a Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree with honors from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and has Honorary Doctoral Degrees from Winston-Salem State University, Cheyney University, Westfield State College, Tougaloo College, Dillard University and Howard University.

Harper travels frequently as a motivational speaker, addressing a wide range of audiences, including youth, adults, couples, and business leaders. And if all that wasn’t enough, this year People Magazine named him one of their Sexiest Men Alive.

The Annual U-M Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium is coordinated by the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, a unit under the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

This year’s symposium is cosponsored by the Stephen M. Ross School of Business with support from the William K. McInally Memorial Lecture Fund.

Keynote Performer:

Aisha Fukushima 

AISHA FUKUSHIMA is a Singer, Speaker, Educator, and ‘RAPtivist’ (rap activist). Fukushima founded RAPtivism (Rap Activism), a hip hop project spanning 20 countries and four
continents, amplifying universal efforts for freedom and justice. She is a multilingual, multiracial African American Japanese woman who has done lectures and performances
everywhere from the United States to France, Morocco, Japan, Germany, England, South Africa, Senegal, India, Denmark and beyond. Fukushima’s ‘RAPtivism’ work has been featured on Oprah Magazine, TEDx, KQED Public Television, The Seattle Times, TV 2M Morocco, The Bangalore Mirror, HYPE, South Africa’s #1 Hip Hop Magazine, and others.



Learn how to support the U-M MLK Symposium and efforts to further action and social justice at the University of Michigan by contacting the coordinators at

Keynote Memorial Lecture information:

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, 734-936-1055 or at least 7 days in advance of this event (by January 7th, 2018). Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.