Common, an award-winning multi-talented performer and inspirational speaker, will address the achievement of greatness during a visit as part of the Hanover College Enrichment Series’ 2017-18 season and the College’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. He will speak at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14, in Collier Arena.
A hip-hop recording artist, actor, poet and film producer, Common is a recipient of an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and Grammy Award for his work in the film and music industries. He is also a dedicated community activist who supports animal rights and HIV/AIDS awareness among many other causes.
He is the founder of the Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower underprivileged urban youth to become strong and productive citizens. The foundation offers programs that foster the development of leadership skills, creative expression and a commitment to education.
Common engages audiences with stories of his childhood on the South Side of Chicago and the obstacles he overcame. Drawing upon his own hard work and path to success, he helps audiences understand how to strive for and achieve greatness by making a commitment to a greater cause.
In 2015, he earned an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his work in the historical drama, “Selma.” He received the honors for best original song with "Glory" and also co-starred in the film as civil-rights leader James Bevel.
In addition to his acting role in “Glory,” Common has also appeared in such films as "Girls Trip," "John Wick: Chapter 2," “Suicide Squad," "Now You See Me," “Terminator Salvation,” “Date Night,” “Happy Feet Two” and “New Year's Eve." He also narrated “Bouncing Cats,” an award-winning documentary about the use of dance to empower youth Uganda.
A two-time Grammy Award winner, Common earned his first Grammy in 2003 with “Love of My Life,” a rhythm and blues duet with Erykah Badu. He also received the Grammy in 2007 for best rap performance by a duo or group with "Southside," featuring Kanye West.
General admission tickets are now available. Seats cost just $15 each for adults, while tickets for children high-school age and younger (18-) are free.
The Hanover Enrichment Series is presented by Tricia and Will Hagenah, with additional support from the McManaman Trust, German American Bank and the Indiana Arts Commission.