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Hill Harper on Campus

Actor and best-selling author Hill Harper talked to Diverse’s Michelle J. Nealy this month about his motivational speaking tour, “HBCU Empower Me Tour With Hill Harper,” which launched in September and runs through May 2009.

“We have not developed a great deal of financial literacy within our communities and families,” Harper, who has a law degree from Harvard University, told Diverse. “Most young people think of money as an end result, rather than what it really is: a life tool.”

Money, like education, is only the vehicle, Harper explained, not the destination.

Harper is known for his role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on “CSI: NY” and will be part of the upcoming film, “Mama, I Want to Sing!” His most recent book, Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny, was published in June 2008.

Listen to his experience visiting schools such as Paul Quinn College and Xavier University of Louisiana, among others, online at

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