Hollywood producer Mara Brock Akil to deliver Medill convocation address


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Mara Brock Ali has written and produced more than 400 episodes of television.

Joanna Hou, Campus Editor

Mara Brock Akil (Medill ’92), a Hollywood screenwriter and television producer, will deliver Medill’s 2023 convocation address June 11, the school announced Wednesday. 

Brock Akil has written and produced more than 400 episodes of television. In 2000, she created “Girlfriends”, which explored Black womanhood over eight seasons, and went on to develop shows such as “The Game,” and “Black Lightning.” 

“We are honored that Mara is returning to campus to share her insights, experiences and life lessons with the Medill community,” Medill Dean Charles Whitaker said in a news release. “Mara’s career has equipped her with an important perspective that I hope will inspire the Class of 2023 as they venture out into the world to begin their careers.” 

Brock Akil was awarded by Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood Awards and holds multiple NAACP Image Awards. In 2019, the National Association of Television Program Executives honored her with the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, which recognizes “independence and vision in content programming,” according to its website. The screenwriter also served a two-year term on the Writers Guild of America West Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017.

Medill’s convocation will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Ryan Fieldhouse. 

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