Voorhees celebrates National Library Week with Hill Harper and the Healing Force

April 2, 2012

Actor, activist and author, Hill Harper, will be speaking at Voorhees on Wednesday, April 11 at 2 p.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center during its annual book fair in celebration of National Library Week.  

Harper currently appears on the hit drama “CSI: New York” in a role that has earned him two NAACP Image Awards. Prior to his current series, Harper appeared in” City of Angels” and “The Handler,” and guest-starred on such top shows as “Soul Food,” “The Sopranos,” “ER,” “NYPD Blue,” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” An accomplished film actor as well, he starred in the HBO movie “Lackawanna Blues” and received critical acclaim for his performance in the independent film “The Visit.” He has also appeared in “In Too Deep,” “Beloved,” “He Got Game,” “Get on the Bus,” “Zooman,” and “One Red Rose,” which he co-wrote for Showtime. Harper was acknowledged as one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive.”  

In 2006, Harper wrote The New York Times bestselling book “Letters to a Young Brother” in an effort to provide encouragement and guidance to young African American men who are still trying to find their way. Following the success of the first book, he wrote the companion book, “Letters to a Young Sister,” also a New York Times Bestseller, engaging some of the strongest female voices of this generation to help him convey a message of hope, education and commitment for young sisters. He has been awarded an additional three NAACP Image awards for his literary accomplishments.    

Harper graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University and later earned graduate degrees in law and public administration from Harvard.  

Prior to Harper’s presentation, the Healing Force, widely-acclaimed African storytellers/drummers, will perform at 11 a.m. Founded in 1975 by husband and wife team, Joseph and Gail Anderson, who acted with the Afro-American Folkloric Troupe and studied with the National Black Theater of New York, the Healing Force began full-time professional work in 1990.  Their daughter Sonji, and son, Karim, completed the group making their performance a family affair.  

This family of artists has traveled the country, appearing at numerous noted events, offering a celebration of African culture through storytelling and music.  They bring arts to the community through high-energy performances, educational residencies and workshops at colleges and universities, schools, festivals, libraries and other varied events. They are known to turn any performance into a celebration of African culture and spirit, where audience participation is a standard.  

The book fair is free and open to the public. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Books∙A∙Million will be this year’s primary book seller and will provide a variety of books for sale.  More than a dozen South Carolina authors and writers will also participate in this event, and they will sell and autograph their works. Attendees will also be eligible to win prizes.  

For more information on this event, contact Teesa Brunson at 803-780-1194 or