Actress, singer and activist Tatyana Ali will be the keynote speaker for the annual Lyceum event Thursday, September 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The free, public event will be held in the John McLinn Ross auditorium of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Building.
Tatyana Ali motivates audiences to actively pursue their goals, while encouraging them to cherish education as the path to personal growth. Best known for playing Ashley Banks on the hit sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” Ali is an accomplished actress, musician, advocate and Harvard graduate whose presentations affirm and empower the next generation to become active in strengthening their communities.
A five-time NAACP Image Award winner, she delivers passionate entreaties on the importance of civic participation, as well as the need to be true to one’s self. As the host of the United Negro College Fund’s “Empower Me” Tour, she has traveled the country inspiring students to take control of their academic, personal and professional destinies.
Ali’s jubilant personality lights up rooms as she offers practical advice for maintaining pride and self-esteem when the going gets tough. With behind-the-scenes stories of growing up in the entertainment business, she illustrates the importance of identifying and holding on to your core values, and defining your own version of success.