Oct 28, 2008    #104
Contact: Wandra Brooks Green

Boykin is keynote at UMKC Pride: Power to Create Change Diversity, Access and Equity presents best-selling author, TV show host, political commentator

Keith Boykin, who is considered one of the most dynamic new voices in American media, politics and literature, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) “UMKC Pride: Power to Create Change” lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Pierson Auditorium, 5100 Holmes.

The UMKC Division of Diversity, Access and Equity (DDAE) presents Boykin as part of its ongoing DDAE Lecture Series. The Lecture Series is designed to add differing perspectives to national discussions that include race, class, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

“It allows communities to engage in challenging discussions,” said Karen Dace, Ph.D., Deputy Chancellor of the DDAE. “It also provides opportunities to hear from national leaders on subjects often marginalized and yet key to attitudes and perceptions of self, others and community.”

Boykin is editor of “The Daily Voice;” host of BET’s “My Two Cents;” a New York Times best-selling author; founder of the National Black Justice Coalition; and a frequent political commentator on CNN. He is author of three books: “Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies and Denial in Black America;” “Respecting the Soul;” and “One More River to Cross.” Each book was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.

All events are free and open to the public. For additional details, visit

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.


This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).


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