The Hiphop Literacies Conference was founded in 2011 by Dr. Elaine Richardson. Participants of the Hiphop Literacies Conference join a community of those concerned with African American/Black, Brown and urban literacies, who are interested in challenging the sociopolitical arrangement of the relations between institutions, languages, identities, and power through engagement with local narratives of inequality and lived experience in order to critique a global system of oppression. The conference brings together diverse scholars and artists from local, national, and international places. HHLC continues to highlight research, teaching and advocacy with the goal of making a difference. HHLC creates a public-facing space for local educators, parents and students to participate and dialogue around issues that affect Hiphop generation youth.

In 2011 the first Hiphop Literacies Conference (HHLC): “We all in the Same Game” featured keynote addresses by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill; Dr. Gwendolyn Pough; Daddy-O (Stetsasonic), Toni Blackman, and Speak Williams, Jai Carey.

The 2012 HHLC “The Globalization of Black Popular Culture” featured keynote presentations by Dr. Marcyliena Morgan, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Dr. Ronald L. Jackson and featured artist MC Lyte. J Rawls, and many more.

In 2013, HHLC theme was “Pedagogies for Social Change” and highlighted keynotes by Dr. Martha Diaz and Dr. Chris Emdin, featured panels with Dr. James Peterson, Dr. Treva Lindsey, Dr. Scott Heath, Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown, Dr. Aisha Durham, featured artists were Yo-Yo and Toni Blackman, J Rawls, among others.

The 2014 Hiphop Literacies: ‘A Working Conference” featured workshops by Dr. Chris Emdin, Dr. Tanya Saunders, J.Brendan Shaw, Theo Ressa, Jaqueline Lima Santos & Lu Afrobreak of the Afrobreak Crew (Brazil), Dr. Bettina Love, Joan Morgan and Dr. Brittney Cooper (dialogue), and more.

2015 Hiphop Literacies: “Hiphop Studies Futures” was organized by Dr. Treva Lindsey and Featured Joan Morgan, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Dr. Bettina Love, Dr. C. Riley Snorton, Dr. Regina Bradley, Dr. John Jennings, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Jai Carey, Speak Williams, and Tiely and many more.

2016 Hiphop Literacies: “Black Women and Girls’ Lives Matter” featured keynote presentations by Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Dr. Brittney Cooper, Dr. Ersula Ore, Dr. Adrienne Dixson, Dr. Stephanie Troutman, Dr. Yvonne Pointer, Dr. Mary Weems. Panels featured Dr. Monique Morris, Ms. Fran Frazier, State Senator Charleta Tavares, Kevinee Gilmore, Warden Roni Burkes, Dr. Assata Richards, Dr. Aisha Durham, Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown, Dr. Gwendolyn Pough, Dr. Bettina Love, Dr. Treva Lindsey, among others.

The 2017 HHLC “Hiphop Justice” was organized by Dr. Carmen Kynard and Dr. Crystal Endsley and was held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Keynote speakers were Leo Yankton, Dr. Chris Emdin, Toni Blackman, Mahogany Browne. Featured panelists included Dr. Emery Petchauer, Scholar/DJ Lynee Denise, Science Genius performances, and more.