This Thursday, myself and a number of my peers will participate in Canisius College's presentation of “We Can’t Wait,” an education, economic and health empowerment summit on Thursday, February 16, from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hill Harper is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, and The ConversationLetters to a Young Brother was named “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association in 2007. Harper currently stars on the hit television drama CSI:NY as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes.

To date, Harper’s collective writing and acting work has been recognized with six NAACP Image Awards: Outstanding Literary Work: Debut Author (2007); Outstanding Literary Work: Youth/Teens (2007, 2008); and Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2007, 2008 and 2009). He has also appeared in numerous prime-time television shows and feature films including For Colored Girls, The Sopranos, ER, The Game, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Lackawanna Blues, He Got Game, The Skulls, In Too Deep, The Nephew and The Visit.

The event takes place at Zion Dominion Global Ministries, 895 North Forest Road in Williamsville. Hill Harper will speak at 12:45 p.m. The event is sponsored by the college’s Academic Talent Search Program and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Academic Talent Search Program at Canisius College at 716-888-3280.

I hope to see you there!