Thursday, January 7, 2010

'From Civil Rights to Hip Hop' is topic for PHCC’s MLK speaker

Pasco-Hernando Community College’s 25th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture Series will feature professor and author Mark Anthony Neal, who will discuss “From Civil Rights to Hip Hop: How Popular Music Impacts Social Change.”

Mark Anthony Neal is professor of black popular culture in the department of African and African-American Studies at Duke University. He holds a doctorate in American studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Neal is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio, and contributes to several online media outlets, including, and

Neal is the author of four books including, New Black Man: Rethinking Black Masculinity. His essay “Music: Bodies in Pain” was included in the 2009 edition of The Best African-American Essays, edited by Gerald Early and Debra Dickerson.

Mark Anthony Neal

Mark Anthony Neal
“I’m certain the community will enjoy the dynamic presentation by Professor Neal. He bridges the past to the future in a way that is exciting, informative, and creative,” said Imani Asukile, PHCC’s district coordinator of multicultural student affairs and equity services.

Two presentations of “From Civil Rights to Hip Hop” will be given on Thursday, January 14.
The first will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Performing Arts Center on the New Port Richey campus, 10230 Ridge Road. The second will be given at 7 p.m. in room E-130 on the Dade City campus, 36727 Blanton Road. Both lectures are free and the public is invited to attend.

School and organization groups are welcome. For more information, contact PHCC’s information center at 1-877-TRY-PHCC.

Pasco-Hernando Community College (PHCC) is a dynamic, learning-centered educational institution, with a faculty and staff who are dedicated to student success, teaching excellence and community service. --END--

Contact: Courtney Boettcher, marketing coordinator • 727-816-3738

Imani Asukile, district coordinator of multi-cultural student affairs and equity services • 352-518-1235

Pasco-Hernando Community College 10230 Ridge Road New Port Richey, FL 34654-5199

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