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MLK Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00pm

Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Lenhart Grand Ballroom
Bowen-Thompson Student Union 1001 E Wooster St , Bowling Green, OH 43402

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Television Host |
Political Commentator | Professor

Keynote Presentation: Power of the Word: Language, Voice and the Legacy of King in Our Work 

Bowen-Thompson Student Union | Lenhart Grand Ballroom | 7 p.m.


• Hosted the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC (2012-2016)

• Founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race and Politics in the South.

• Currently professor at Wake Forest University in Politics and International Affairs and formerly served on the faculties at University of Chicago and Princeton University.

• Columnist for The Nation magazine, monthly column titled Sister Citizen

• Author of "Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought," (2004) which won the 2005 W.E.B. Du Bois Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists

• Author of "Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America" (2011)



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Ariel Burnett

Ariel Burnett left a positive review 2/18/2020

This was one of my favorite events at BGSU to date! As a speaker Dr. Harris-Perry was interesting, funny and very informative. She really kept the crowd interested in what she was presenting. I really enjoyed the breaks in the presentation to allow the audiance to process and well breathe. She made good points and left me with things to consider.

Courtney Montagu

Courtney Montagu left a positive review 2/21/2020

This was by far one of the best speakers BGSU has hosted since I started in 2017. Even one of my professors said that in her 20 years, this was one of the best. So thank you for hosting her and thanks to her for coming.

Breion Hawkins

Breion Hawkins left a positive review 2/19/2020

I think it was a great event! I think the speaker was bold and phenomal. Real cutting-edge and honest. Realist!

Sarah Jurden

Sarah Jurden left a positive review 2/19/2020

I enjoyed Dr. Harris-Perry! Amazing speaker!

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