MTSU to welcome DL Hughley as speaker on Thursday

One of the funniest and most provocative comedians of our time is coming to MTSU this week.

Comedian, author, actor and Peabody Award winner DL Hughley will deliver a keynote address as part of MTSU’s celebration of Black History Month at 7 p.m. Thursday in the State Farm Conference Room at the Business and Aerospace Building on the campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Known as one of the “Original Kings of Comedy” in a 2000 film directed by Spike Lee, Hughley wrote, produced and starred in his own television sitcom, “The Hughleys,” from 1998 to 2002 on ABC and UPN. .

Hughley uses his radio show, comedy specials, and stand-ups to shine a light on systemic issues within society.

His Comedy Central special, “The Endangered Species List: If Black Men Were Considered an Endangered Species,” won him the Peabody Award. The Peabody Awards attempt to shine a light on stories that push for truth, social justice and fairness. The prestigious award is given to journalists, artists and storytellers who elevate stories that advance the public interest and inspire viewers to better understand the world around them.

Variety, the show business journal, reports that Hughley is in development with Fox to create a sitcom based on his life.

The show will center around a dogged radio show host struggling with a family that includes “an LGBTQ+ daughter, an autistic son whose white girlfriend lives with them, and another daughter who can’t leave her credit card only”.

His books include “Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years”, “How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice from White People”, and “Surrender, White People: Our Unconditional Terms for Peace”.

This event is sponsored by MTSU’s Black History Month Committee, School of Journalism and Strategic Media, and Distinguished Lectures Committee.

An MTSU parking pass is available at

Later this month, MTSU will host another keynote address from Bravo’s “Married to Medicine” cast member “Dr. Jackie” Walters, who will deliver his keynote address at 7 p.m. on February 28, in the Student Union second floor ballroom.

For more information on MTSU’s Black History Month activities, visit or contact Daniel Green at 615-898-5812 or

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