Grambling State University announced Grammy Award-winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, civic activist, and actor David Banner will keynote the University’s Black History Convocation in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center on February 20, 2020, at 11am.
“A strong sense of Black History permeates the culture of our campus year-round,” said Grambling State University President Rick Gallot. “It’s important that our students understand that they are the next chapter of Black History and grasp the importance of using their talents to continue the work of trailblazers who came before them.”
Banner attended Southern University in Baton Rouge, graduating with a degree in business; and attended graduate school at the University of Maryland on a full scholarship before pursuing his music career.
Banner also is founder of A Banner Vision, a multimedia company that specializes in providing emotionally engaging music for iconic commercials, video games and films. A Banner Vision has produced ads for brands like Pepsi, Gatorade, Paramount Pictures (Footloose film), Marvel, Capcom, Mercedes Benz and mass-market retailer Kmart.
Banner is the creator of Heal the Hood, Inc., a foundation providing relief and recovery assistance to lower-income people of the Gulf Region affected by natural disasters. Heal the Hood also supports youth development and recreation programs in Mississippi. The foundation raised $500,000 for Katrina survivors in Mississippi and Alabama; and 2014 was its eighth year of distributing clothing, toys, and other necessities to Jackson, Mississippi families during the holidays.
Campus and community members are invited to attend this year’s convocation.