Mississippi-bred producer/rapper/social advocate, David Banner, will appear at The LA Riots: Twenty Years Later Conference next week, taking place on April 27-28 at Harvard University.
The conference brings together leading scholars, activists and artists to look back at — and forward from — the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. The event will also combine a critical retrospective examination of the uprising with reflections on democracy and inequity today, a time of economic crisis and revolution in much of the world.
Banner has been outspoken about the recent murder of Trayvon Martin, and senseless slayings in the Tulsa, OK. Voicing his opinion on the safety of black youth and the community, in the past, Banner has appeared on BET’s “106 & Park” and BlackEnterprise.com. Passion envelopes his pleas to the United States, that there should be legislation and other solutions to help keep African-Americans safe.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to speak at Harvard. It is vital that we talk about what we can do to better ourselves and our communities, now and for the next 20 years. The people of America, especially our youth, have the power to be heard; to change legislation and positively impact our culture for generations to come,” said Banner of his participation.
The rapper will be joined by the likes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., along with other panelists from: Harvard University, NYU, Temple University, and more. The TSAI Auditorium is where the attendees will be addressed about the state of the black community.
Banner is currently gearing up to introduce the world to a revolutionary new concept in urban culture called the “2M1 Movement.” On May 22, he will release his new project, titled Sex, Drugs and Video Games (which was solely funded by Banner), for free via LiveMixtapes.com and DavidBanner.com. In exchange, Banner challenges two million people to donate a minimum of $1, with proceeds helping the rapper to consistently deliver music, videos, movies and charitable donations to positively influence urban culture.
For more information on Banner’s appearance The LA Riots: Twenty Years Later Conference log onto Harvard.edu.