Fisk University hosted a lecture by author, activist and educator Kevin Powell on Thursday, October 29 at 3 p.m. in the Appleton Room of Jubilee Hall as part of the University’s Global and Community Lecture Series. Powell’s lecture, “How to Become an Effective Leader,” emphasized ways for college students to pursue ethical leadership.
As an author, Powell has published ten books ranging from essays and poetry to self-help. Powell’s latest, “Open Letters to America” is a collection of essays that celebrates the recent political engagement of many American youth during the candidacy of President Barack Obama. Powell was also a leading contributor to the 2006 New York Times Best Seller biography, “ class=”hiddenSpellError” pre=””Tupac Shakur.” Powell has additionally written essays and commentaries regarding pop culture and current events for publications including Esquire, Newsweek, Vibe, The Washington Post, Essence, Rolling Stone, The Amsterdam News and the Huffington Post.
As an activist, Powell has lectured in 48 states and at the United Nations on such topics as American and African-American History, hip hop culture, civic engagement, and global human rights. He has twice run for United States Congress in New York’s 10th Congressional District and is also remembered for his role in the inaugural cast of MTV’s “The Real World” and the subsequent documentary he wrote and produced for the network on post-riot Los Angeles, California.
Inaugurated by Fisk in 2006, the Global and Community Lecture Series is made possible through a partnership with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Cracker Barrel Chairman, President and CEO Michael A. Woodhouse serves on the Fisk University Board of Trustees. The lecture series provides the University and Nashville community access to and dialogue with leaders at the forefront of global and community engagement. Noted guests have included The Honorable Mickey Kantor, former United States Secretary of Commerce and United States Trade Representative, noted activist, scholar, distinguished professor and alumnus Dr. Preston King, and award-winning poet, author, essayist and alumna Nikki Giovanni.