Clemson University

Black History Month Keynote: David Banner

David Banner -- born as Lavell Crump in Jackson, Mississippi -- is a Grammy Award winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, civic activist and actor who recently appeared in Lee Daniel’s The Butler and in Tim Story’s movie Ride Along. 

Such mega success did not come without challenges. At one point along the way, Banner was living in his rundown van and struggling to build his career. He’d constructed a studio inside the van and had all his worldly possessions with him. One day a group of teenagers stole the van when Banner stopped through Birmingham on his way to Mississippi from Atlanta – taking everything away from him

Banner finds reward in encouraging young people to gain knowledge, and he leverages his affluence and influence to help make the world a better place. He has been a prominent and 
passionate voice in the face of social injustice. 

Tuesday, February 26 at 6:00pm

Tillman Hall, Memorial Auditorium
101 Gantt Cir., Clemson, SC 29634, USA