Dillard Notables of 2018: #7 The Guest List

Over the past few years I started doing a year end listing of events at Dillard. It looks like I first did this at the end of 2015. I found the link from my old Blogspot site I used:

So each day I will provide a list of notable events during the year. Number 7 this year is the guest list. This has been another great year of guests, and I guess there are some general categories. Some are simply annual events (like Founders Day and Honors convocation), special freshman convocations, and the like. Some of those speakers have included:

Bishop Joseph Walker, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Nashville
Arlanda Williams, VP Institutional Advancement, Delgado CC
Dr. Johnathan Holifield, Executive Director, White House Initiative on HBCUs and the Louisiana HBCU presidents
Shanti Das, Silence The Shame
Jamie Foxx vs Dee-1
Rep. Cedric Richmond and Senator Elizabeth Warren
Virginia Johnson (2nd from left), artistic director, Dance Theater of Harlem
Michelle Hope, Sex Educator
Oprah Book Club author Tayari Jones
Tavis Smiley
Donna Brazile

Queen Sugar cast members Kofi Siriboe and Nicholas Ashe

I have been able to attract some really interesting folks to come speak for my class on hip hop, sex, gender and ethical behavior. In 2018 we hosted:

Dr. Daniel White Hodge, auluthor, “The Soul of Hip Hop”
Paul Porter, Author “Blackout”
Gizelle Marie, Activist
Fly Young Redd
Dr. Rashida Govan
Dr. VaNatta Ford, Africana Studies, Williams College
Angela Yee, The Breakfast Club
Cakes Da Killa
Dr. Erik Nielson, University of Richmond
LoLa Monroe
MC Serch, the legendary 3rd Bass

The last major category is the Brain Food lecture series. We started this in 2013. Over the past year we have had dynamic speakers but the series really has not caught on in New Orleans. So 2019 will probably be the last year of the series and move more to pop up lectures, along with our annual Martin Luther King service and Ortique Lecture on Law and Society. It is a shame because this is probably the most diverse series of its kind in the nation. So I’ll have to come up with some creative ways to provide the students with this kind of exposure.

Gabrielle Union, actress and author, “We’re Going to Need More Wine”
Rev. Howard-John Wesley, pastor, Alfred Street Baptist Church
KeKe Palmer, actress
Downtown Lesli Brown, New Orleans radio personality
Mia X, Legendary hip hop artist
Remy Ma & Papoose, hip hop artists
Valeisha Butterfield Jones, global head of women and black community engagement, Google
Jemele Hill, Journalist
Sheba Turk, Anchor, WWL-TV and author, “Off Air: My Journey to the Anchor Desk”
Tarana Burke, #MeToo Movement
Howard Bryant, author, “The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism
Candace Owens, Turning Point USA
Lena Waithe, actor
Juan Williams, journalist and author, “What the Hell Do You Have to Lose? Trump’s War on Civil Rights”
James Forman, Jr., Yale law professor and author, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America”

Brain Food in 2019 will feature all alums, starting with Rev. Pat Watson from Watson Family Ministries.

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7th president of Dillard University

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