Writer, activist Shaun King to lecture Feb. 26


Writer and activist Shaun King will lecture at Northwestern State University Monday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. in the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

The lecture is sponsored by Northwestern State’s Student Government Association in partnership with the African American Caucus and the Center for Inclusion and Diversity.

King’s topic will be “Civil Rights Today: The New Civil Rights Movement.”

Through social media, King starts and extends conversations about racial discrimination, civil rights, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter Movement. He is the writer-in-residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Justice Project and a columnist at The Intercept.

King has written extensively about the Black Lives Matter movement, covering discrimination, police brutality, the prison industrial complex and social justice in the wake of violence in New York, Baltimore, Cleveland, Ferguson, Missouri, Charleston, South Carolina and other cities.

In his position as senior justice writer at the New York Daily News, King wrote more than 630 columns. He is a regular political commentator for The Young Turks and on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and was formerly Justice Writer for Daily Kos.

King has become a visible fundraiser for victims of injustice. As a social entrepreneur, King worked as the CEO and founder of both TwitChange (which won the Mashable Award for the Most Creative Social Good Campaign) and HopeMob, whose social media footprint grew to become one of the 10 largest of any charity. King is the author of “The Power of 100!,” and has spent much of the past 15 years raising nearly $10 million for charities and causes across the globe.

King is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Epoch Humanitarian Award and the Hometown Hero Award from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He was also included in MSNBC’s The Grio Top 100 History Makers. On stage, he draws from his oratorical skills developed, in part, from the 15 years he spent as a local pastor.

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