Skip to main content

2017 Keynote Speakers

 
 
 

Kevin Powell

Monday, January 16, 2017

Kevin Powell is an author, humanitarian and president of BK Nation, a national organization based in New York City (the BK stands for “Building Knowledge”) centered on grassroots activism, pop culture, technology, and social media to spark projects and campaigns.

He has written 12 books, the newest is "The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood." His articles have 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.

As a public speaker, Powell travels globally. On behalf of the U.S. State Department, he toured Japan lecturing on the relevance of Dr. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech in the 21st century. He also visited Wales in the United Kingdom for a series of lectures and workshops on the 100th birthday of 20th century poet Dylan Thomas. Learn more about Powell here.

Powell will speak at the Fieldhouse Arena on January 16 at 1:30 p.m.

 

Kevin Powell

Kevin Powell


Kimberlé Crenshaw

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Kimberlé Crenshaw is an award-winning professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law school. She is an expert in civil rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race and the law.

Crenshaw coined two terms — critical race theory and intersectionality — that have proved foundational in many areas of study. A specialist on race and gender equality, she has facilitated workshops for human rights activists in Brazil and in India, and for constitutional court judges in South Africa. Her groundbreaking work on intersectionality has traveled globally and was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution.

She is a leading voice in calling for a gender-inclusive approach to racial justice interventions, having spearheaded the Why We Can’t Wait Campaign and co-authored "Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected," and "Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women."

Crenshaw will speak January 18 at 4:30 p.m. Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room. Follow her on Twitter here.

Note: this program will be simulcast to DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium, on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

 

 

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw