Saint Louis University

The Saint Louis University African American Male Scholars (AAMS) Initiative will host a spring panel and speaker night beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Wool Ballroom of Busch Student Center. St. Louis area educators, community leaders and students will begin the evening with a panel discussing the role of black men in higher education. 

After the panel, famed actor and author Hill Harper will deliver a lecture titled "Manifest Your Destiny" that outlines the tenets of his acclaimed series of empowering books. Giving practical guidance to young African-Americans, Harper shares his personal story and why education is the ultimate stepping stone to success.

Hill HarperAbout Hill Harper
Accomplished film, television and stage actor Hill Harper portrays Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the hit CBS series CSI: New York. His other television credits include appearances on two CBS series, The Handler and City of Angels. He has also had guest-starring roles on such programs as Showtime's Soul Food and HBO's The Sopranos.

Outside of acting, Harper is committed to helping the youth of America achieve their dreams and live their lives positively. The author of the New York Times best seller and American Library Association Award-winner for "Best Book for Youth and Teens," Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny, he has dedicated himself to empowering, encouraging and inspiring America's underserved communities. His Manifest Your Destiny Foundation is a mentorship program that helps young men and women follow their career paths through a motivational support system. Through the Foundation, Harper hopes to help "young women and men to have knowledge of the things that can bring them true empowerment: education, a strong sense of purpose, compassion, confidence and humility."

The African American Male Scholars (AAMS) Initiative is designed to retain and ensure the graduation of African-American male students at Saint Louis University. AAMS provides programs, services and experiences that will connect African-American male students to University and community resources that will facilitate their academic and personal success. Scholars are exposed to peer education opportunities, mentoring, as well as academic and leadership workshops. AAMS is meant to enable students to develop holistically as leaders and members of the university and local community.