Kevin Powell headlines SFA NAACP gala
By Dr. Terrence Frazier, director of multicultural affairs
Happy New Year’s, parents! It was a great 2011 for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. One of our outstanding achievements came when the SFA NAACP Chapter won the statewide Ericka Cain College Chapter of the Year Award. The chapter was recognized for its outstanding contributions to the enrichment of the youth through leadership in programming, advocacy, education, activism and community outreach.
To continue the celebration, NAACP and OMA would like to invite parents to the NAACP Black History Month Gala Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. The event is a semi-formal dinner hosted in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $20 for non-students. You can purchase your ticket at the BPSC information desk/university ticket office by calling (936) 468-3401.
Our keynote speaker for the evening will be Kevin Powell. Powell has lectured on multiculturalism, American and Black American History, the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the state of hip-hop, and redefining American manhood. He is an activist, writer and businessman and in 2010, was a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress in Brooklyn, N.Y. A fixture on the pop culture landscape the past several years, Powell was a cast member on the first season of MTV’s “The Real World”. He has hosted and produced programming for HBO and BET, written a screenplay, and hosted and wrote an award-winning MTV documentary about post-riot Los Angeles. Of his life’s work, Powell says simply, “My life-calling is to be a servant for the people, period. Money, fame, status, personal achievements and all that means very little to me when pain and suffering are still real on this planet. I am interested in the powerless becoming powerful.”