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KEYNOTE - The War Against the Achievement Gap
Hill Harper's presentation will focus on our collective efforts to fight against the achievement gap that continues to plague our education system. Harper will share his personal journey and insights as they pertain to education. He will underscore that it is at our national peril if we continue to avoid the aggressive actions needed to overcome this very real pandemic in our education system. Harper offers hope and a fresh perspective, if we are willing to imagine a future with a new narrative around students that we have classified, ignored, and even condemned in the low end of the achievement gap.
This talk was presented at:
2021 National ESEA Conference
February 2021 in Cyberspace
Hill Harper

Hill Harper is an award-winning actor, best-selling author and philanthropist. Harper currently stars as Dr. Marcus Andrews on TV’s #1 new drama The Good Doctor on ABC. Additionally, Harper headlines HLN’s How It Really Happened with Hill Harper and stars in the just released podcast Legal Wars. Previously, Harper starred on CSI: NY and Showtime's award-winning series Homeland. Theatrically, he can be seen in the Sony Pictures film Concussion, the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me, and the 2018 summer hit New York play Our Lady of 121st Street directed by Phylicia Rashad - a role for which he’s been nominated by AUDLECO for ‘Best Lead Actor in a Play’. Harper has earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting and is a 4-time New York Times best-selling author for his books: Letters to a Young Brother (named “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association), Letters to a Young Sister, The Conversation, and The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in its Place. Harper’s most recent book is the groundbreaking Letters to an Incarcerated Brother. Harper founded The Manifest Your Destiny Foundation which is dedicated to empowering, encouraging, and inspiring underserved youth to succeed through education, mentorship, and grant programs. Hill 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 seven universities. Harper served on the President's Cancer Panel having been appointed by President Obama in 2011. Harper travels worldwide as a motivational speaker, addressing current affairs and life-awakening topics to a wide array of audiences of youth, educators and business leaders. He is also a job creator, as an entrepreneur; Harper owns The Roasting Plant Coffee Roastery in Detroit, a hotel in New Orleans, and The Architect & Co - a health and wellness company. In 2014, People Magazine named him one of their Sexiest Men Alive.