Anthony Hamilton, the spokesman for Court Appointed Special Advocates and a Grammy Award-winning singer, will be the keynote speaker for the 2013 Black History Month celebration at University of the Pacific. Tickets go on sale Nov. 9, 2012.
Grammy Award-Winning Anthony Hamilton to Lecture, Perform for Black History Month
Grammy Award -winning singer Anthony Hamilton, who also serves as the national spokesman for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), is the keynote speaker for the 2013 Black History Celebration at University of the Pacific. He will both lecture and then perform a short intimate set of songs at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton.
His lecture will focus on his work as the spokesman for CASA, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of the growing number of African-American children in the foster care system.
"Anthony Hamilton well known for his public service and his commitment to the underprivileged, but also is a gifted and popular singer and song writer who currently has a number one hit," said Kaya Dantzler, student co-chair of the Black History Month Planning Committee, of Pacific's Black History Month Committee. "I think the audience will be moved by his personal story and will be amazed at how much impact in the world one person can have, when their heart is in the right place. And then they will be thrilled by his music."
Hamilton has made frequent guest appearances on CNN and other news shows to tout CASA. His CNN interview can be found on his website, www.anthonyhamilton.com. Hamilton, who was adopted, has said that he works with the organization as a way to "give back" to society. Earlier this year, Hamilton also performed at the Democratic National Convention.
Hamilton latest single "Pray for Me" currently holds the number one spot on the Billboard charts for adult contemporary music. Tickets for the Pacific show go on sale Nov. 9 and will cost $30 to $40 for the general public, $15 for Pacific students.
Hamilton was first introduced to mainstream audiences when he sang the chorus on Nappy Roots' 2002 song "Po' Folks," which earned Grammy Award nomination in 2003. His success as a solo singer really took off in 2003 when he released his second album, the platinum "Comin' From Where I Am." Since then, he has released four other albums and made numerous guest appearances on other records, earning numerous awards and nominations. In 2009, he earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for the song "You've Got The Love I Need," which was co-recorded with Al Green.
Besides Hamilton, the Feb. 7 lecture and performance will also feature a performance by singer/songwriter Joshua D. Washington, a 2012 graduate of Pacific's Conservatory of Music.
Tickets will be available online for the general public at go.pacific.edu/AnthonyHamilton. Students can purchase tickets in the Don and Karen DeRosa University Center.