‘Black Lives Matter’ Advocate to Speak at The College of Wooster
Shaun King to present “Civil Rights Today, The New Civil Rights Movement” on Feb. 15
WOOSTER, Ohio — Shaun King, a prominent voice in the “Black Lives Matter” movement, will present “Civil Rights Today, The New Civil Rights Movement” on Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at The College of Wooster. His talk, which will be held in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.), will focus on racism and how it has shape shifted in unexpected and unprecedented ways. Admission is free and open to the public.
King plans to illuminate how the current generation must come to grips with its own unique challenges. Instead of wondering what it would have been like to experience the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, King encourages young people to see their present place in the modern movement for a more fair and just world. Racism, discrimination, and harmful policies won’t get better on their own, says King. For that reason, real and applicable solutions are necessary to address the most pressing problems of the day.
A graduate of Morehouse College, where he majored in history and served as student government president as a sophomore, King is a writer, entrepreneur, preacher, and civil rights activist. He is noted for his use of social media to promote religious, charitable, and social causes. He is currently the senior justice writer for The New York Daily News.
King uses social media to highlight, amplify, and discuss incidents of police brutality, racial discrimination, and other civil rights issues. He has become an indispensable source for extending crucial conversations about social justice and equality in the wake of violence in such cities as New York, Baltimore, Cleveland, Charleston, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere.
A strong advocate for families, King has become a highly visible fundraiser for victims of injustice. As a social entrepreneur, he was the founder and CEO of both TwitChange (which won the Mashable Award for the Most Creative Social Good Campaign) and HopeMob, whose social media footprint grew to become one of the 10 largest of any charity.
King is the author of The Power of 100!, and has spent much of the past 15 years raising nearly $10 million for charities and causes around the world. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Epoch Humanitarian Award and the Hometown Hero Award from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He was also included in MSNBC’s The Grio Top 100 History Makers.
King’s presentation is sponsored by the Black Students Association of Wooster. Additional information is available by phone (330-641-3691) or e-mail.