MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Film director Spike Lee will return to Memphis to speak to college students, according to University of Memphis Black Student Association President Raven Jones.
Jones said students chose to feature Lee at their Black History Month event due to several social issues across America in which Lee has become top-of-mind.
Students said Lee could bring perspective to Memphis, which saw its 30th murder in 2016 alone. Lee's film "Chi-Raq" recently addressed the rampant shootings in Chicago's inner city.
"Spike Lee is influential and we would like to hear his perspective about the tensions with shootings as well police tensions," Jones said.
In recent interviews, Lee said he was "all for" the Black Lives Matter movement that campaigns against violence toward blacks.
Lee has also joined other African American actors and actresses in a boycott of the Oscars, after no nominees of color were nominated.
The film "Chi-Raq," will be shown February 17 on campus at the University Center before Lee addresses students at the Rose Theatre February 23 at 7 p.m.
Lee spoke at the U of M in 2010.
This month's event is free and open to students and the public.
Lee's 40 Acres and Mule Filmworks company was not immediately available for comment.