By Emily Rodriguez
From helping those who can no longer help themselves as a medical examiner, Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in “CSI: NY,” Hill Harper helps those who do not have the means to help themselves through lectures and community outreach.
Harper will be visiting the campus to give a lecture at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the auditorium of McAllister Fine Arts Center.
Harper’s lecture “Manifest Your Destiny” is sponsored by The Fine Arts Cultural Events Series.
Manifest Destiny means to stretch boundaries to reach full potential.
Harper’s foundation helps youth reach their potential by expanding their boundaries and providing resources that they have no access to.
The Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, founded by Harper, helps create opportunity for underprivileged youths through academic programming, college access skills and personal development.
Harper is not only an actor, but also a best-selling and an award-winning author.
“Letters to a Young Brother,” published in 2006, won two National Association for the Advancement of Colored People awards and was named a Best Book for Young Adults by the American Library Association.
Harper’s book “Letters to a Young Sister,” published in 2009 was named as a New York Times bestseller.
Both books are part of Harper’s “Manifest Your Destiny” message.
Harper received the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in both 2008 and 2009 by the NAACP Image Awards.
Harper took on the roll of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in 2004 and is still a cast member today.
Harper graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.
He graduated cum laude while earning a Joint Degree from Harvard Law School.
Harper also received his master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., the lecture begins at 7 p.m.
After his speech, there will be a question-and-answer session.
The event is free of charge and is open to the community. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information about Manifest Your Destiny, visit the foundation’s website www.manifestyourdestiny.org.
For questions about the lecture, call 210-486-0901.