Note: The Green Book Play has been canceled.

Author, educator and writer Lasana Hotep will be the keynote speaker for North Carolina A&T State University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration. The event will be held Thursday, January 19 at 7 p.m., in Harrison Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

Hotep is the founder, principal owner and lead consultant of Hotep Consultants. He currently serves as a speaker and consultant for the Harbor Institute, an education company based out of Washington, D.C. The phenomenal speaker has contributed to numerous publications such as African-American Men in College (Jossey-Bass 2006), The State of Black Arizona (2008), Be a Father to Your Child: Real Talk from Black Men of the Hip Hop Generation (Soft Skull 2008) and the Black Male Health Handbook: A Blueprint for Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Health and Wellness (TBD 2008). He started and coordinated the African American Men Student Success (AAMSSU) program at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Graduate students from across the country sample and study the program to complete their doctoral research on recruitment, retention and graduation of African-American males.

A world traveler, Hotep diverse array of experiences gives him a broad perspective of the challenges and issues that people of color face throughout the world. The researcher has incorporated these experiences and developed workshops and written essays on his diverse research interests which include leadership, history, anthropology, media, spirituality, education, Pan-Africanism and Hip hop. His presentations are filled with candor, humor and passion.

Hotep is completing his doctorate in U.S. History at Arizona State University. He is also working with world renowned filmmaker Spike Lee and examining the effects of the motion picture industry on African American males and their portrayal in the entertainment industry.