#HipHopEdWPU | WPU Serving as Education Partner of Inaugural Dreamville Festival

September 4, 2018


Video Footage Courtesy: Trill is Bliss, Terrance Williams Films
Song Courtesy: p.a.t. junior

William Peace University is proud to announce it is serving as an education partner and sponsor of Dreamville Festival, to be held in Dix Park Saturday, September 15, 2018. The festival is hosted by Dreamville Records and its founder and feature artist, Fayetteville-raised and Grammy-nominated emcee J. Cole. The event will include national and local hip hop acts, including Big Sean, Nelly, Rich the Kid, SZA, and more.

The festival, produced in partnership with Dreamville Records and ScoreMore Shows, will be the first event of its kind for the region. A thoughtfully curated, multi-stage music event from J. Cole, who was raised in nearby Fayetteville, North Carolina, this year’s festival will offer attendees a lineup of music artists selected by Cole himself. The lineup includes some of today’s biggest acts, along with several artists from North Carolina that will showcase the incredible musical and creative talents from across the festival’s host state.

Dreamville Festival offers an opportunity for J. Cole to give back to his home state, which has helped shape him as an artist, with a one-of-a-kind celebration of local culture, music food and art. The festival aims to provide a unique opportunity for locals and visitors alike to gather and enjoy a music celebration in one of Raleigh’s most beautiful and historic locations, Dorothea Dix Park – Raleigh’s largest city park with more than 300 acres of public greenspace. Dreamville Festival’s ultimate goal is to not only have a positive and substantial economic and cultural impact on the city and surrounding region, but also to become one of the most anticipated annual events in the city – one that is a perfect complement to the existing event landscape and cultural fabric of the City of Raleigh.

Cole is known for his lyricism and messaging around social and political issues. A graduate of St. John’s University in New York, he graduated magna cum laude.

WPU is an official education partner of Dreamville Festival
WPU is an official education partner of Dreamville Festival

The Hip Hop & Higher Education Symposium (#HipHopEdWPU), which was influenced by Dreamville Fest, will precede the concert event Thursday and Friday, Sept. 13-14. #HipHopEdWPU encourages public and academic conversations surrounding hip hop’s relationship to social justice and other issues. A keynote on Friday will be delivered by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, CNN Correspondent and Professor of Media Studies and Urban Education at Temple University.

The Hip Hop and Higher Education Symposium will feature more than 12 panels, led by local and national scholars, students, and community members discussing hip hop in terms of art, politics, gender, sexual identity, race, economics, violence, criminal justice, policing, social responsibility and activism, and our collective role in addressing each.

For more information on the #HipHopEdWPU symposium, including registration and details on panelists/speakers, please visit www.hiphopedwpu.com.

For more information on the Dreamville Festival, please visit www.dreamvillefest.com.

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