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Hill Harper

California, USA

Actor, best known for CSI: New York

Best-selling author, "Letters to a Young Brother" (2007); "Letters to a Young Sister" (2009)

Education activist

Hill Harper has won legions of admirers for his soulful portrayal of Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on the hit drama series CSI: New York. A talented actor, Hill’s passion for his craft is surpassed only by his dedication to inspire America’s youth. A firm believer that identity is not defined by skin colour or circumstance, the charismatic Hill encourages audiences to “take your biggest dream, and double it.”

Hill pursued his education with the same intensity he infuses into his characters, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Brown University and earning graduate degrees in Law and Public Administration from Harvard. He knew early on that education would be the key to his personal success, realising that to truly thrive one must also help others accomplish their goals.

Despite being told repeatedly that “young black people don’t read,” Hill wrote “Letters to a Young Brother” (2007), a book that aimed to uplift and provide practical guidance to young African Americans. The book became a best-seller, earning Hill multiple NAACP Image Awards. His subsequent companion book, “Letters to a Young Sister” (2009), brought together many of this generation’s most powerful female voices, and also became an acclaimed best-seller.

Hill’s latest book, “The Conversation” (2010), explores the nature of love across generations and the current state of male-female relations. It offers practical solutions on how to improve communication across gender and age.

Our Comment

"Wanting to make a mark past his writing, Hill works to enable positive social change as a spokesman and volunteer for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Today, he continues in his efforts to better America's social climate and guide our youth as a strong and articulate voice for hope, education, and commitment."

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