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Presented By: Department of Linguistics

Martin Luther King Jr. Colloquium

jarrett hill, University of Southern California

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jarrett hill is an award-winning journalist, writer, and an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. He currently serves as President of the National Association of Black Journalists’ of Los Angeles (NABJLA). As a leader at NABJLA, jarrett has advocated for journalists in commercial and public media as well as on the state level. He’s reported on and worked for more effective diversity, equity, & inclusion strategies, fair treatment of Black journalists, and making a better environment at work for journalists and communications professionals.

jarrett co-hosts FANTI from Maximum Fun with Tre'vell Anderson, chosen as one of Apple Podcasts’ “Best of 2020.” The show covers pop culture and politics with an intersectional, nuanced eye. Also with Anderson, their book, “Historically Black Phrases” (2023, Penguin Random House’s Ten Speed Press), is “the ultimate love letter to Black language and people.”

hill will speak from the lens of the book in Historically Black Phrases: Musings on The Black Church’s Influence on Black Language & Popular Culture. hill will consider Dr. King’s use of language to influence the Civil Rights movement, paired with how the Black church has influenced Black people and, in turn, broader popular culture.

in 2016, jarrett made international headlines after breaking the story of Michelle Obama’s speech being plagiarized by Melania Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention. He was named later that year to the 2016 Ebony Power 100. jarrett’s contributed to MSNBC, NBC News, CNN, NPR and others, and has bylines in the New York Times, Variety, and many others.

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