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Author, political activist Kevin Powell will speak at KSU

FRANKFORT — Acclaimed author, hip-hop scholar and political activist Kevin Powell will speak at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 8, in the Bradford Hall Auditorium, 400 East Main Street, as part of Kentucky State University’s (KSU) Convocation Lecture Series.

Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. Powell is a native of Jersey City and a graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He is the author of 12 books, including his newest title, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood. It is a critically acclaimed and brutally honest memoir about his life, including his youth.

In 2018, he will publish a biography of Tupac Shakur, the late rapper and controversial American icon. His writings have also appeared in CNN.com,Esquire, Ebony, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, ESPN.com and Vibe Magazine, where he worked for many years as a senior writer, interviewing such diverse public figures as Tupac Shakur and General Colin Powell.


Kentucky State University, building on its legacy of achievement as a historically black, liberal arts, and 1890 Land Grant University, affords access to and prepares a diverse population of traditional and non-traditional students to compete in a multifaceted, ever-changing global society by providing student-centered learning while integrating teaching, research and service through high-quality undergraduate and select graduate programs. Located in Frankfort, Kentucky, KSU offers associate (two-year) degrees in two disciplines, baccalaureate (four-year) degrees in 24 disciplines, master’s degrees in eight disciplines, and one advanced practice doctorate in Nursing. KSU has 129 full-time instructional faculty members and more than 1,700 students.