When the name Hill Harper comes to mind, it is difficult to think of someone in the acting world who is more accomplished and diligent in sharing his vast knowledge with his people. Lately, the multitalent has come to the forefront for his mission in helping our community gain financial literacy so that we may build intergenerational wealth. Because, as we have come to to discover, part of moving Black forward is having the security and means to do so.
Born in Iowa, the People magazine’s 2004 and 2014 Sexiest Men Alive has starred in numerous television and film projects, including CSI: NY, He Got Game, and Lackawanna Blues. His current work includes his role as Dr. Marcus Andrews in ABC’s The Good Doctor.
In addition to his career, Harper is a humanitarian, a best-selling author, an entrepreneur, a health and wellness ambassador, and a philanthropist. Harper has been recognized with seven NAACP Image Awards with four of them being for his writing. He has authored four New York Times best sellers—Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny, Letters to a Young Sister: Define Your Destiny, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones, and The Conversation—and his award-winning book, The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place, which addresses ways to solve the racial wealth gap.
Harper’s passion for business, financial literacy, and social and economic justice continues to keep him in demand as a speaker worldwide. He is the founder and chairman of the Black Wall Street Holdings Inc., the co-owner of International House, an award-winning New Orleans hotel, and the owner of Roasting Plant, a thriving coffee franchise in downtown Detroit. Harper is on the National Black Bank Fund Board of Directors, was named Honorary National Co-Chair of the Redevelopment of Black Wall Street by the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, and was appointed by President Obama in 2011 to serve on the President’s Cancer Panel.
He is also the esteemed founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship, and grant programs, and he has established the Pierce and Hill Harper Arts Foundation.
It’s admirable that he puts his words into action. We look forward to being enlightened by the wealth of his knowledge as he discusses financial freedom with lifestyle guru Tai Beauchamp in EBONY’s Instagram Live series Morning Mindset With Tai: Moving You Forward.