TAMU hosts: MLK Breakfast Keynote Speaker Kevin Powell
Posted January 10, 2018
Cultural Commentator Kevin Powell To Deliver MLK Breakfast
Keynote At Texas A&M
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Activist, writer and cultural commentator Kevin Powell will
deliver the keynote speech at the 11th Annual Reverend
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at Texas A&M University
Thursday, Jan. 18.
The breakfast hosted by the Memorial Student Center Carter G.
Woodson Black Awareness Committee (MSC WBAC) serves as a formal
way to reflect on King’s life, legacy and accomplishments and
utilize the passion and spirit associated with King, the civil
rights movement and other leaders of the past to inspire and foster
This year’s theme of moving forward encompasses “acknowledging
the past, but committing to not being pulled back into a pseudo
nostalgic idea of past greatness,” according to co-director Sami
dePass, a political science major in the class of 2020.
“We are thriving toward a better future despite hardships. We
have not just overcome, but we are yet overcoming,” dePass said.
“We can expect conversations to emerge from this that incorporate
what people can do to move forward as a society and in their
Powell’s discussion will hone in on what contemporary activism
looks like and what individuals can do to take part, dePass
“This is important because it allows people to not only pay
homage to the works done nearly sixty years ago but also find
strength in continuing on that same fight,” dePass said.
Powell, a Jersey City, New Jersey native, is a published author
of 11 books, with work featured on CNN.com, Esquire, Ebony,
Huffington Post, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Guardian,
ESPN.com and Vibe Magazine, where he worked for many years as a
senior writer, interviewing a wide array of public figures that
include Tupac Shakur and Colin Powell.
On behalf of the U.S. State Department, he toured Japan
lecturing on the importance and relevance of Dr. King and his
famous “I Have a Dream” speech in the 21st century.
As a pop culture curator, Powell produced the first exhibit on
the history of hip-hop in America at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in Cleveland, Ohio, which toured America and overseas. Today Powell
is regularly featured in television, print and radio
“The MLK breakfast allows all of us to reach outside of our
comfort zones and gain insight on new perspectives. We find that
those who are engrossed in the university often stay within their
own communities,” MLK breakfast co-director Simone Parker, a
sociology major in the class of 2018 said. “This is a
chance for us to appreciate all of the members of society in a new
and refreshing light.”
The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the MSC Bethancourt
Ballroom on Texas A&M’s campus. Breakfast will be served
beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the
MSC Box Office located in the first floor lobby of Rudder
Tower. Interested participants can order tickets online through the
MSC box office or by calling (979) 845-1234 or (888) 890-5667.
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