The title of Powell's address is "Who's Gonna Take the Weight? The Message of Martin Luther King to the Hip-Hop Generation."
The community is invited to a special question and answer session with Kevin Powell immediately following the MLK Jr. Commerative Convocation.
The Q & A session will begin at 1:30 p.m. on campus. Bayley Auditorium, BDK
Powell has been hailed as one of the most important voices of his generation and his work has been published in Newsweek, Essence, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, George and Vibe, where he worked for several years as a senior editor.
Perhaps best known for his stint as a cast member on the first season of MTV’s successful series The Real World (New York City), Powell has authored many books, including Keeping It Real: Post-MTV Reflections on Race, Sex, and Politics.
“Here is a book to read and a writer to watch,” quoted Maya Angelou in a review of the work. “Obviously Kevin Powell has the talent to see and the power to say, and he truly keeps it real.”
Powell is an admitted workaholic and risk-taker who grew up on the mean streets of Jersey City, N.J. The only child of a single mother who left the rural south in search of a better life, Powell overcame countless obstacles to attend Rutgers University where he studied political science and English.
Because of his television exposure and literary and journalism work, Powell has been a highly sought-after public speaker whose lectures have covered racism, sexism, American popular culture, Black and American history, Martin Luther King Jr., contemporary literature and the history of hip-hop at colleges and universities across America, including Yale, Stanford, Princeton, and now Wittenberg.
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