David Banner to speak at 2nd Hip Hop Symposium at SC State

Monday, February 16, 2009

Miller F. Whittaker Library, in collaboration with the Campus Activity Board’s (CAB) Awakening Lecture Series, presents the 2nd annual Hip Hop Symposium with philanthropist, David Banner. The theme for this year’s Symposium will be “Black on Black Crime,” and will be held on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at 7 p.m. in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium.

The mission of the Hip Hop Symposium is to inform students about the crisis of “Black on Black Crime,” and encourage dialogue between the steadfast growth of crime in today’s society in order to solve the problem.

“We hope that this Symposium will bring awareness to a very important social issue in our community,” said Sherman Pyatt, coordinator of collection development. “We hope to encourage our students, faculty, staff, and the Orangeburg community to identify problems, search for answers, and discuss these issues in a critical manner,” he continued.

A native of Jackson, Miss., Banner’s discussion topic will be the relationship between “Black on Black Crime” and hip-hop. During a visit to Congress on Sept. 27, 2007, Banner explained how hip-hop was not a menace to society, but an artistic expression. He also discussed that through his music, listeners are liberated because they can relate to his music. His lecture discussion is intended to provide insight about his life, his views on hip-hop, and his musical craft.

Banner is a graduate of two HBCU’s. He attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, La, where he served as president of the Student Government Association (SGA), and he attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in Princess Anne, MD.

The following events will be highlighted during the week:

Monday, Feb. 16, 2009
David Banner: “Black on Black Crime”
Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
Community Awareness Walk
SC State University
5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009
Night of Creativity
Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2009
Solutions Workshop
John W. Matthews Jr. 1890 Extension Center Auditorium
3 p.m.

“We hope that this Symposium spotlights the University in its ongoing efforts to educate our students and the larger community,” said Pyatt.

For more information about the 2nd annual Hip Hop Symposium, contact Sherman Pyatt, coordinator of collection development, at the Miller F. Whittaker Library at (803) 536-7045.