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Hill Harper

Actor, Youth Advocate & NY Times Best-Selling Author


Hill Harper is a humanitarian, an award-winning actor, best-selling author, entrepreneur, health and wellness ambassador/educator and philanthropist. Currently, Harper stars in ABC’s #1 television drama, The Good Doctor, for it’s 4th season, and will be hosting his new podcast, “COMMAS,” premiering in 2021. In theaters, Harper can be seen in Warner Bros. Pictures film A Sun Is Also A Star starring Yara Shahidi.  Read More >

In addition to his performing career, Harper has authored four New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, The Conversation, and The Wealth Cure which chronicled his diagnosis with thyroid cancer and his journey to health. Letters to a Young Brother won several awards and was named “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association in 2007. Harper has been recognized with seven NAACP Image Awards, four of them for his writing. His latest book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother, which speaks to the current mass incarceration crisis, was released to critical acclaim and was nominated for several awards.

Harper is the founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship and grant programs.

Harper graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was named Valedictorian of his department. He then graduated cum laude with a J.D. from Harvard Law School, as well as with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with honors, from the Kennedy School of Government. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Howard University, Winston-Salem State University, Cheyney University, Le-Moyne Owen College, Westfield State College, Dillard University and Tougaloo College.

Amongst his other titles, Harper is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He is the Founder and Chairman of The Black Wall Street Technologies, Inc., co-owner of the award-winning New Orleans hotel, International House, and a successful coffee franchise in downtown Detroit called The Roasting Plant. Harper also owns several commercial and residential rental properties in Los Angeles, Detroit, New York and Newark, NJ.

Harper served on the President's Cancer Panel having been appointed by President Obama in 2011, is on the Board of Directors, National Black Bank Fund, and has been named Honorary National Co-Chair of the Redevelopment of Black Wall Street, Greenwood Chamber of Commerce. Harper’s passion for business, financial literacy, and social & economic justice keeps him on the forefront and in-demand as a speaker worldwide. Read Less ^

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Building a Foundation for Your Life

Motivating Youth to be the Architects of Their Lives

The Importance of Education

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