An actor, author, and social justice warrior reflects on the “real goal” of education: to expand options, not limit them.
Actor, Author, Activist
Hill Harper is an award-winning actor, best-selling author, and philanthropist. Harper starred on the hit CBS drama CSI: NY, Covert Affairs and Limitless; he currently stars on The Good Doctor on ABC. This season, Harper joins Showtime’s award-winning drama Homeland. Theatrically, he co-stars with Will Smith in Concussion and in the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me. Harper is the author of four New York Times best-sellers and earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting. Harper founded 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 holds Honorary Doctoral Degrees from several universities including Cheyney University, Dillard University, and Howard University.
Harper currently serves on the President’s Cancer Panel having been appointed by President Obama in 2011 and travels worldwide as a motivational speaker, addressing current affairs and life-awakening topics. In 2014, People Magazine named him one of their Sexiest Men Alive.