Bless the Mic
Bless The Mic is a contemporary spin on the traditional President’s Lecture Series.
These events, held on hundreds of campuses across the country, have been a way to
stimulate the intellectual discourse on the campus. Even today, these series seek
to bring in noted scholars, authors, politicians and public intellectuals to expose
not only the campus community to their ideas and concepts, but the broader community
in which the institution resides.
These lectures also serve as an opportunity to hopefully expose the institution to
a segment of the community that may have never interacted with the institution. Notable
speakers are able to bring excitement to an area, and if they are published authors,
their appearance is also an opportunity to stimulate interest in reading.
The problem with most of these traditional president's lecture series is that they
have the tendency to become stale, stuffy, dry, and well, boring. For many students,
while a lecture on quantum physics might be required for their major, it is not seen
as a good way to spend an hour on a Tuesday night. Today’s students, many of whom
are members of the Millennial Generation, have grown up in a high tech, fast-paced
society that unfortunately has entertained them too often. Even the traditional college
lecture, where the “sage on the stage” reads from their notes, loses today’s student.
Bless The Mic is different.
It seeks to provide a mix of speakers who will either have a tremendous ability to
communicate with the hip-hop generation (broadly defined as Black youth culture including
college students and young professionals, but today includes a more diverse group
of young people), or who have studied areas that are of importance to this group.
Even the title of this lecture series is an attempt to reach this generation, as the
phrase “Bless The Mic” is used to acknowledge rappers with exceptional lyrical skills.
These lectures should then be of interest to parents, high school and college teachers,
lawmakers, clergy, activists, and anyone interested in understanding contemporary