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Powell returns to CSU as “Lecturer in Residence”

News Desk | 11/6/2013, 10:54 a.m.
In a separate discussion for women only, Powell will present: “BLURRED LINES: Love, Hip Hop, Basketball, and The Young Black ...

WILBERFORCE, OH – Kevin Powell, one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today, returns to Central State University as a “Lecturer in Residence” November 7th and 8th.

Powell will present “FROM TUPAC SHAKUR TO BARACK OBAMA TO LEBRON JAMES: The Past, Present, & Future of The Black Male,” a real, honest, and interactive conversation for the men who attend, teach, or work at Central State University. Topics include: Hip Hop Culture versus the Hip Hop Industry, Racial Profiling and Trayvon Martin, and what does being a Black man means to you?”

In a separate discussion for women only, Powell will present: “BLURRED LINES: Love, Hip Hop, Basketball, and The Young Black Woman.” He will then have an interactive discussion on the following topics: What does it mean to be young, Black, and female in America in these times? What is self-love? What is self-esteem? What is self-respect? What is self-image?

Powell was first invited Central State University to be the guest speaker at the Freshman Convocation and to lead a Master Class in September. He was so well received by the students that he was asked to return as a “Lecturer in Residence.”

“I was deeply moved by my experience with Central State students when I visited in September 2013,” he said. “I had no idea the master class would turn into a very profound, raw, and real conversation about any and everything on the students’ minds, including the issue of self-esteem.

“I feel that my work as an activist, as a speaker, as a teacher, is to always create safe spaces where not only I am real and transparent, and where others feel comfortable enough to be the same. For me, education must be tied to matters like personal healing and growth, to self-empowerment, else we are not truly educated, in my opinion.”

Powell is scheduled to return every quarter to present a lecture on topics that are of interest to the students.

“I will present a few different kinds of lectures or seminars during my time with Central State,” he said. “I certainly plan to talk about self-esteem and self-respect, leadership, volunteerism, and the role and importance of education from many angles. We are definitely going to discuss things like the impact of hip hop, pop culture, technology, and social media on the lives of Americans, especially younger people,” he said.

“It is my sincere hope that students who attend my lectures or seminars come away thinking much deeper and more critically about who they are, where they come from, and where they want to go. For me it is also about solutions, action steps, having a plan and vision for oneself, for one's community, for this nation, and the planet. It is about seeing yourself as a creator and builder of the world you want to see. I sincerely believe all young people are geniuses. They simply have to be given the proper tools to tap all that which is inside of them. That is the work I do and will do with Central State students.”