Liberty: Unplugged! Town Hall Event

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Saturday, 9/12/2015 1:00PM

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts In partnership with NEWorks Productions Proudly Presents:

Liberty: Unplugged! Town Hall  
Saturday, September 12, 2015 ▪ 1:00PM
Moore College of Art and Design
19th and the Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

As a signature event of the 2015 Liberty: Unplugged! festival, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and NEWorks Productions are pleased to partner in presenting the Liberty: Unplugged! Twitter Town Hall, a forum in which young scholars will be engaged in critical and open dialogue about three themes that, as in the days of Douglass, King, and Mandela, still threaten the cause of liberty locally, nationally and globally: modern-day slavery, voting rights, and human rights. 

Actor and activist Hill Harper will moderate this forum, scheduled to take place live from the prestigious Moore College of Art and Design, located along the Parkway, Philadelphia's cultural Mecca of world-class museums. Through streaming/webcast and live tweeting, satellite gatherings of youth scholars in other key parts of the country will be engaged in the conversation.

The Liberty: Unplugged! Twitter Town Hall is a community forum in three parts:

Twitter Town Hall

Moderated by Hill Harper
Co-moderated by Dr. Stefan Bradley, Dr. Lisa Weah, Dr. Mari Crabtree, and Jazzy T

This forum will engage young scholars in critical dialogue about three themes that, as in the days of Douglass, King, and Mandela. Leading the discussion will be student presenters from Temple, U.Penn, Cheyney, and West Chester.

Through live web stream and Twitter, satellite gatherings of student scholars in Charleston, Ferguson, Baltimore, and Buffalo will join the conversation.

Poetry Slam

The finalists of our citywide poetry contest will compete live. Presented in partnership with the Philly Youth Poetry Movement.

United We Band

The day will culminate with a musical showcase featuring emerging young Philadelphia artists performing songs of social justice. Presented in partnership with Artists United, S Factor Entertainment and PhilAsh Entertainment Group 


About Hill Harper


Hill Harper is an award-winning actor, best-selling author and philanthropist. Harper starred on the CBS TV drama CSI: NY from 2004 to 2013. He most recently starred on USA Network’s “Covert Affairs” and will be returning to CBS this fall as Agent Boyle in the new drama “Limitless”. He can also be seen co-starring alongside Will Smith in Sony Pictures release of CONCUSSION due in theaters Christmas Day. Harper is the author of four New York Times best-sellers and has earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting. Harper is founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship, and grant programs.

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 has Honorary Doctoral Degrees from Winston-Salem State University, Cheyney University, Westfield State College, Tougaloo College, Dillard University and Howard University. Harper travels frequently as a motivational speaker, addressing a wide range of audiences, including youth, adults, couples, and business leaders. In 2014, People Magazine named him one of their Sexiest Men Alive.


Liberty: Unplugged! Satellite Gatherings:

On the campus of Saint Louis University
Moderated by Dr. Stefan Bradley, historian and community activist

Born and reared in Yakima, Washington, Stefan Bradley is currently director of the African American Studies Program and an associate professor in the Department of History at Saint Louis University. Bradley received his Ph.D. in 20th Century US History with an Emphasis on the Black Experience from the University of Missouri-Columbia; an M.A. in the same from Washington State University; and, a B.A. in History from Gonzaga University. An educator at heart, Bradley’s life ambition is to personally teach/mentor/inspire young people to change the world for the better.

Some of Bradley’s recent publications include the books, Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, The Demands of Transcendence and Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s that won the Phillis Wheatley Book Prize.  His articles have been featured in the Journal of African American History, the Journal of Civil and Human Rights, and American Studies. To discuss his research, he has appeared on C-Span BookTV; the Tavis Smiley Radio Show; STL TV’s City Corner; as well as at universities and colleges throughout the nation.  Bradley’s newest book project, Blackened Ivy: Civil Rights, Black Power, and the Ivy League in Postwar America will be published with New York University Press. 

In wake of the tragic events in Ferguson and St. Louis, he has engaged in discussions with representatives from the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Commission, and Department of Education.  As a voice from the community, Bradley has appeared in the New York Times and on MSNBC, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, BET, and Hot 97FM (New York City).
Bradley is married to Dr. Traice Webb-Bradley and is the father of the intelligent, beautiful, and mischievous Simone Andora Bradley.

On the campus of the College of Charleston
Moderated by Dr. Mari Crabtree, historian

Dr. Mari N. Crabtree is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies program and an affiliate with the History Department at the College of Charleston. She studies the intersections of African-American culture, racial violence, and systems of oppression.

Dr. Crabtree received her A.B. in Black Studies from Amherst College (magna cum laude), her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Cornell University.


At the Morning Star Baptist Church
Moderated by Dr. Lisa Weah, pastor and community leader

Dr. Lisa M. Weah is the Senior Pastor of the New Bethlehem Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. NBBC is a thriving ministry. Under her leadership, the church has established the NBBC Empowerment Institute, which includes: Sunday School, Small Group Studies, Discipleship training, a weekly Family Empowerment Night, and monthly Family Focus Night.
Dr. Weah is an influential community leader in the city of Baltimore whose weekly inspirational messages, The Maximize Moment with Dr. Lisa Weah, are broadcast on WEAA 88.9FM’s Gospel Grace Morning Show. In the Spring of 2015, during the heart of the Baltimore protests over the wrongful death of Freddie Gray, Dr. Weah—whose church is located at ground zero of the protest movement, in the heart of Baltimore’s Sandtown-Winchester Community—emerged as a spokesperson for the community, appearing on numerous local and national media outlets.
An active member of the Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Dr. Weah holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park, and Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Howard University. She is a proud mother of three, whose life's mission is to empower individuals, families and the community.


At the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Moderated by Jazzy T, radio & television personality

Jazzy T is a radio & television personality with over 10 years of experience on air and behind the scenes working for WJLB, WQHH, WMXD, WBLK, KJLH, ESPN, BET, and Warner Bros. Currently, she hosts afternoon shows on WUFO-AM in Buffalo, NY and WDKX-FM in Rochester, NY and is a contestant on “America’s Next Weatherman” on TBS!
Jazzy T is a proud Cum Laude graduate of Michigan State University college of Communication. As the first in her family to attend college, she was determined to follow her dreams. A wife and mother of two, Jazzy T affirms that "with love & action all things are possible".

Registration is first-come-first-serve and subject to availability. Management reserves all rights. Limited quantity available. Artists and repertoire subject to change. 


Sponsored By:

Louis N. Cassett Foundation

Syde Hurdus Foundation



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