Northern Kentucky University to Welcome Author Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) for Black History Lecture

Dr. David J. Childs, D.D., Ph.D.
Northern Kentucky University

February 27, 6:30 pm, 2023 – Northern Kentucky University’s Black and Brown Educators of Excellence (BBEofE), in partnership with the Black Studies program, will welcome Karyn Parsons, actress, director, speaker, business owner and writer for their Black history lecture in the H. Gordon and Thelma Martin Ballroom at the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union on February 27.

Ms. Parsons will give a candid talk about her storied career as an actress, author and business owner. She is the founder of the media company entitled Sweet Blackberry that focuses on creating books and media that teaches African American history to children.

“NKU is very fortunate to have a nationally acclaimed and successful individual of Karyn Parsons’ caliber on our campus,” Dr. David Childs, NKU associate professor and Director of Black Studies, said. “Ms. Parsons’ lecture is a testament to Northern Kentucky University’s growing academic status in the region and throughout the nation. NKU continues to serve as a national leader in Black studies, education, history, leadership, business and the Arts. Ms. Parsons recognizes that fact and wants to lend her talents toward promoting and fostering growth in these areas on our campus.”

Karyn’s talk will be insightful as she will discuss the importance of African American education, as well as her work as an author and entrepreneur. Furthermore, she will talk about the writing process and her experiences in the entertainment industry. She will be visiting an NKU classroom and be involved in other community talks while in town also.

For ticket information for Karyn’s talk, CLICK HERE.

  • What: “A discussion with Ms. Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air).
  • When: February 27, 2023, at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: H. Gordon and Thelma Martin Ballroom at the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union at Northern Kentucky University.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students’ names. For more information, visit


  1. Growing up the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, known as Hillary. Karyn Parsons was an entertaining actor. I would have enjoyed seeing here speak at NKU. She has been very successful in the entertainment, writing and leader. The fact that she spoke on the importance of Africans American education. I did learn something new about Karyn Parsons is she is a writer I found this interesting I would not have known this about her if I had not read about her speaking at NKU.

  2. This would have been an exciting time to not be a distance learning student at NKU! I loved the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Hilary was one of my favorite characters. I learned a few years ago that she had gone on to have an active voice in social justice issues, and good for her. Hilary was the most vapid, superficial, and self-absorbed character on the show, but Ms. Parsons is proof that you can’t conflate the character she portrayed with the character that she possesses. I would have loved to hear her speak in person!

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