One of the things I realized when I give up social media for Lent is that it has become my major source of news. So when I started picking it back up on Good Friday I was sadden to learn that Dr. Julia Hare recently passed. In fact, it looks like she died in late February and the funeral was very recent. But I have not seen much coverage of her.
I learned about her back in the day watching Tavis Smiley’s State of the Black Union. My wife and I would camp out on the couch for the whole day the last Saturday in February to hear a range of people on issues impacting Black America. I told Tavis in 2012 at the last “Bless the Mic” lecture I hosted before heading to Dillard that his town halls were the inspiration for me starting that lecture series in 2005. I will have to text him again to remind him we need this again.
But I saw her before I got to Philander, and she was one of our speakers during our centennial lecture series at Albany State University in 2003. She spoke for “Bless the Mic” in January of 2009. She was fiery, always on point, and engaging. When you watched her do her thing it was awesome. And she was an HBCU graduate - Langston University!
I hate more people don’t know about her. But take a few minutes to see this clip from her 2007 appearance at Tavis Smiley’s State of the Black Union at Hampton University. We need another event to create the energy those town halls created, thousands of people engaging thought leaders, taking notes, and having a good time. Dr. Julia Hare did that for us. It has been years since I have seen her, and