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Stay Woke: The EWC President’s Distinguished Speaker Series
February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Edward Waters College Distinguished Speaker Series is a student and campus-wide academic and experiential engagement initiative intended to present a robust and varied collection of distinguished and scholarly speakers to the EWC campus community. The new initiative seeks to engage the views, ideas, and espoused ideals expressed by national thought leaders, authors, entertainers, activists, advocates, athletes, educators, business leaders, and opinion shapers who will be featured as a part of the series.
“The primary aim of the series is to broaden the perspectives of our college community and widen our students’ overall academic experience beyond the classroom,” said EWC President & CEO, Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr. “We intend for this vehicle to serve as a platform to provoke meaningful discussion, reflective and critical thinking, and provide enriching insight and illumination into the critical issues of our time,”
— Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., 30th President & CEO
David Banner — Jackson, Mississippi native — is a Grammy Award winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, activist and actor who has appeared in films such as Lee Daniel’s The Butler and in Tim Story’s movie Ride Along. David is also the host of Aspire TV’s current ABFF Independent Film Series and Currently in his second season as Pastor Green on Bounce TV’s Saints and Sinners. Mr. David Banner also is founder of A Banner Vision- ABV, a multimedia company that specializes in providing emotionally engaging music for iconic commercials, video games and films for brands like Pepsi, Gatorade, Paramount Pictures (Footloose film), Marvel, Capcom, Mercedes Benz and more! Such mega success did not come without challenges. At one point, along the way, Banner was living in his rundown van that he built a make shift studio inside of making beats and recording most of his early works. One day on his way back to Mississippi he stopped in Birmingham, Al to rest and a group of teenagers stole the van. The Van that housed everything he owned in the world. Heartbroken and heated Banner kept pushing toward his dream despite of the setback. And Three months later, on another trip to Birmingham to sell his material, he caught the attention of a Universal label executive and was signed to a multimillion dollar five album deal. Thus, introducing the world to multi-talented Rapper and Producer who pioneered the now very popular putting your tag at the beginning of a beat – David- David-David-David Banner Throughout his career has also been a prominent and passionate voice in the face of social Injustices and activism appearing on various media networks in addition to Touring the country with his thought Provoking “The God Box Lecture Series” and thanks to his followers has been selling out at every stop. Mr. Banner was invited this year to be the keynote speaker for one of the largest Martin Luther King unity marches in the country where over 200,000 people were in attendance, Banner has also been speaking at countless Universities, community panels, blogs, magazines, documentaries, and working with various school administrations in efforts to change the approach in which educators teach our children. Therefore, Whenever and wherever you hear him he’s always guaranteed to leave all in the sound of his voice Thinking and searching for the true meaning of the GOD BOX. And this year On May 19, 2017 Mr. Banner will release the highly anticipated album, “The God Box” and be on the lookout for the GOD BOX interactive art exhibit will be coming to museum near you.