Marc Lamont Hill

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Marc Lamont Hill
Marc Lamont Hill.jpg
Hill in November 2005
Born (1978-12-17) December 17, 1978 (age 38)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania, Temple University
Occupation Academic, commentator, activist, television host, author
Employer Morehouse College

Marc Lamont Hill (born December 17, 1978) is an American academic, journalist, author, activist, and television personality. He is a Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.[1] He was the original host of the television show Our World with Black Enterprise and hosts the online Internet-based HuffPost Live. He is also a BET News correspondent and a CNN political commentator. Hill also hosts VH1 Live!

Life and career[edit]

From 2005 to 2009, Hill was a professor of urban education and American studies at Temple University. In the fall of 2009, Hill joined the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University as an associate professor of education.[2] He left Teachers College in 2014 to join the faculty at Morehouse College as Distinguished Professor of African American Studies.[1]

Hill worked as a political contributor for the Fox News Channel from 2007 to 2009, when he was fired.[3][4] During this time, he appeared on The O'Reilly Factor, Huckabee, and Hannity.[5] Prior to Fox, Hill was a commentator on CNN and MSNBC, as well as Court TV, where he was a weekly contributor to the Star Jones talk show. In August 2010, he replaced Ed Gordon as host of the syndicated television show Our World with Black Enterprise.[6] In May 2012, he joined Huffington Post as a host of HuffPost Live.


After graduating from Carver High School, a public school in Philadelphia,[7] Hill attended Morehouse College, a private liberal arts college, but says he spent his time "hanging out and getting in trouble", and dropped out of Morehouse when he was a freshman.[8] He finished his undergraduate studies at Temple University, where he received his B.S. in education and Spanish in 2000, and he later earned a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania.[9]


Hill is a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization aiming to educate youth about their legal rights and responsibilities.[5][10] In 2001, he started a literacy project that uses hip-hop culture to increase school engagement and reading skills among high school students. He also organizes and teaches adult literacy courses for high school dropouts in Philadelphia and Camden. Hill also works with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy.[5] Hill was named one of America's top 30 black leaders under 30 years old by Ebony magazine.[11]

In addition, Hill works with African-American and Latino youth. Hill publicly argued for the release of Genarlow Wilson and Shaquanda Cotton. In the Cotton case, Hill organized an internet letter writing campaign.[12] Hill urged the public to write to District Attorney David McDade to express concerns about his desire to appeal the court's decision to void the sentence of Genarlow Wilson.[13] In May 2013, an article by Hill for entitled "Why Aren't We Fighting for CeCe McDonald?" won the GLAAD Media Award for "Outstanding Digital Journalism Article."[14]

Commenting on the air on CNN with Larry Elder, as well as on Twitter, Hill asserted that "Every 28 hours, an unarmed black person is killed by police."[15][16][17][18] The claim went viral after police killed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York.[15] Hill later corrected his statement, after Politifact had indicated that his statement was not correct.[15] [18][19]

Hill expressed support for the Green Party in the 2016 US Presidential election. Of candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, he stated, "I would rather have Trump be president for four years and build a real left-wing movement that can get us what we deserve as a people, than to let Hillary be president and we stay locked in the same space where we don't get what we want".[20]

In February 2017, Hill was criticized by conservatives for refusing to provide any examples after he said, "there have been right wing riots on college campuses."[21][22][23]


  • Hill, Marc Lamont (2016). Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781-5011-2494-5. 
  • Hill, Marc Lamont (and Mumia Abu-Jamal) (2012). The Classroom and The Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America. Third World Press. ISBN 0-8837-8337-1. 
  • Hill, Marc Lamont (2009). Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity. Teachers College Press. ISBN 0-8077-4960-5. 
  • Hill, Marc Lamont (2007). Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies). Peter Lang Publishing. ISBN 0-8204-8656-6. 


  1. ^ a b "Marc Lamont Hill Joining the Faculty at Morehouse College ‹ Morehouse College News Center". 2014-07-23. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  2. ^ "New Faculty | Teachers College Columbia University". 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  3. ^ smokey fontaine. "UDPATE: Marc Lamon Hill Learned Of His Firing Through Google". News One. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  4. ^ "Liberal Analyst Marc Lamont Hill Fired From Fox News". Mediaite. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  5. ^ a b c "'Marc Lamont Hill official website'". Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "'Marc Lamont Hill: Fox News Contributor to host syndicated show'". Retrieved August 31, 2010. 
  7. ^ Yulanda Essoka (May 24, 2006). "Marc Lamont Hill, Akiba Solomon discuss the vitality of the art form". Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  8. ^ Dream Hampton (January 7, 2012). "Dropout to PhD: The Bold & Beautiful Marc Lamont Hill". Ebony. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ Harris, Janelle (July 25, 2012). "SO WHAT DO YOU DO, MARC LAMONT HILL, AUTHOR, PROFESSOR AND TV COMMENTATOR?". Mediabistro. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "'My5th website'". Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  11. ^ "'Marc Lamont Hill to speak as part of Black History Month!'". Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  12. ^ "'More Thoughts on Shaquanda Cotton, Official Marc L. Hill website'". Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  13. ^ "'Write for Genarlow Wilson!', Official Marc L. Hill website'". Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  14. ^ Townsend, Megan (May 14, 2013). "Laverne Cox, Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler present to Marc Lamont Hill, at #GLAADAwards". GLAAD. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c Hee, Michelle Ye (2014-12-24). "The viral claim that a black person is killed by police 'every 28 hours'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  16. ^ "Transcripts". 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  17. ^ "Marc Lamont Hill: Police Shooting Black Men Is 'Domestic Terrorism'". Mediaite. 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  18. ^ a b "Over 700 people killed by police this year. But who's counting?". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  19. ^ "An unarmed black person is shot 'every 28 hours,' says Marc Lamont Hill". August 24, 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  20. ^ Love, David (August 8, 2016). "What Does the Green Party Offer for Black Voters that Differs from Clinton and Trump?". Atlanta Black Star. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  21. ^ CNN's Marc Lamont Hill Can't Name One Example of Right-Wing Rioters on Campuses, PJ Media, February 4, 2017
  22. ^ CNN's Hill Equates Left-Wing Rioters to Right Wing, Struggles for Examples, Newsbusters, February 2, 2017
  23. ^ On-the-spot Lamont Hill can’t name one example of right-wing campus rioters, Bizpac Review, February 2, 2017

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