American film writer, producer, director and Legendary Knicks Fan Spike Lee has been announced as the commencement speaker for John Hopkins University this spring, which is happening on May 18 at the Royal Farms Arena. The speech will be free of charge to the public, and it will be a great honor for the school and new graduates to have Lee deliver their final talk on campus as undergraduates. Lee is expected to discuss a variety of topics, including the need to be aware of equality and fairness among people of all races. In the past and present he has been a pivotal advocate for speaking up against racism, and there is no doubt that this will somehow be incorporated into his talk.
The film producer and writer has created 35 films since 1983, but is most well known for his 1989 classic titled “Do the Right Thing” which is a story about a black man who is killed by a NYPD officer. Ironically this is a topic that is very heated in the United States right now, and Lee’s comments on the matter were basically that it isn’t just one race who are victims and perpetrators, but that it dips into every ethnicity. He did point out that with all of the technology we have today, it is easier than ever to share footage and pictures of bad things happening in society. The Brooklyn native most recently won an Emmy Award in 2013 for his film “Gish Prize”, which is said to use courageous styles and brilliant tactics to challenge conventional thinking.
Lee will be speaking at the graduation ceremony for this spring’s 2016 class at John Hopkins University, and it is going to be a fantastic send off for the new graduates.