Due to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, BET producer, journalist and host Jeff Johnson has been called to that country to provide location coverage of the disaster. Johnson had been scheduled to speak at the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at Indiana University Northwest tonight, Jan. 14, starting at 6 p.m. in the Savannah Auditorium.
Despite Mr. Johnson's unavailability, the 2010 MLK Celebration will proceed as planned. Speaking in his stead will be Hezekiah Griggs III, a self-made corporate leader who rose from poverty and homelessness to become "America's Youngest Media Mogul."
Griggs’s story is not unlike that of many young people in America today. Raised in the hardened inner cities of Northern New Jersey, this young man rose above his circumstances to become a multimillionaire at age 21.
Griggs founded HG3 Media in 2003 and since then has grown the business into a multimillion-dollar enterprise, managing 20 different corporate operations and 45 collective media properties. Griggs also serves as a consultative marketing strategist, leveraging his experience and success in youth marketing to help other organizations strategically manage their image and brand.
Griggs serves as Chairman of The Hezekiah Griggs III (HG3) Foundation, which provides valuable assistance to community youth programs throughout the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state area, as well as international programs that provide the tools and resources needed for young people to survive in the 21st century. He is also an active member of several other regional and national nonprofit organizations, including Choice International and the Visionary Leaders Foundation.
Griggs's business and philanthropic initiatives have been recognized by public figures including former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), as well as the Northern New Jersey Media Group. Also, Griggs is the recipient of more than 300 awards and honors from organizations, including: Florida International University, Optimists International, AME Churches, and the prestigious NAACP and Optimist's International Youth Leadership Award.
Hezekiah Griggs, III’s image, brands, products, and service offerings embody today's savvy, smart, witty, wired, and creative youth. Hezekiah Griggs, III -- a man who rose from poverty and homelessness -- is an authentic voice and inspiring role model for this generation.
IU Northwest extends a special thanks to Mr. Hezekiah Griggs, III for agreeing to take part in this year's event on such short notice. Tonight's event begins at 6 p.m. Doors to the Savannah Center open at 5:15 p.m. All students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the Northwest Indiana community, are encouraged to participate in this informative and uplifting event.