Richard Roundtree

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Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

A longtime film and television star is back at SIU-Carbondale this weekend to receive an honorary degree.

Richard Roundtree - who came to fame as the first black action hero in his portrayal of private detective John Shaft in the 1971 filmĀ  Shaft - will receive a Doctorate of Performing Arts during commencement exercises Saturday, May 12.