North Central College announced Friday that Grammy Award-winning artist, actor and author Common will come to the college Jan. 21 as the Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote speaker.
Each year, North Central College honors and remembers King with a keynote presentation, musical tributes, a prayer breakfast and activities. King spoke in North Central College’s Pfeiffer Hall in 1960.
Common, called the “King of Conscious Hip-Hop,” will deliver the college’s keynote address titled “Greatness!” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase after Jan. 6. For information, call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-7469.
A question and answer session will follow his talk.
Common rose to prominence in hip-hop having recorded nine studio albums. His latest is titled “The Dreamer/The Believer.”
He made his big-screen debut in 2006 as a musical performer in “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” and his Hollywood debut in 2007, costarring opposite Jeremy Piven, Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys and Ryan Reynolds in “Smokin’ Aces.” Since then, he’s costarred with Denzel Washington in “American Gangster,” in “Street Kings” starring Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker, in “Wanted” opposite Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman, and others.
An author, he’s written three children’s books, including “I Like You But I Love Me” which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and an adult book, his memoir titled “One Day It’ll All Make Sense.”