Chuck D of Public Enemy to speak at Kennesaw State’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Kennesaw State University will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and other important civil…

Georgia (Jan 14, 2008) — Chuck D of Public Enemy to speak at Kennesaw State’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jeremy Craig

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Contact: Director of University Relations
Frances Weyand Harrison
770−423−6203
fharris4@kennesaw.edu

Contact/Writer: Jeremy Craig‚ 770−499−3448 or jcraig19@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 14‚ 2008) — Kennesaw State University will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and other important civil rights leaders during the university’s observance of Jan. 21 holiday in his honor. Sponsored by KSU’s African American Student Alliance‚ a keynote address by rapper and activist Chuck D is planned.

What:
The event‚ intended to demonstrate Kennesaw State's commitment toward establishing a campus that is accepting and tolerant of diversity‚ will feature the address by Chuck D (alias Carlton Ridenhouer)‚ founder of Public Enemy — a group that delivered powerful messages about race‚ inequality and life’s realities. He continues to deliver these messages through the wider media‚ and he has been intensely involved in the diffusion of music through the Internet. The event also features music by the KSU Gospel Choir‚ and a commemorative march from the Performance Center to the KSU Convocation Center.

Who:
Those taking part in KSU’s ceremonies include Chuck D‚ keynote speaker; Punit Patel‚ president of the KSU African American Student Alliance (AASA); Oral Moses‚ professor of music and leader of the KSU Gospel Choir; Nicole A. Phillips‚ assistant director of Minority Student Retention Services; LaDrina Jones‚ AASA vice president; Jasmine Vega‚ AASA secretary; Tricia Holt‚ AASA financial secretary; and Carlton A. Usher‚ assistant professor of KSU's First−Year Experience and author of “A Rhyme is a Terrible Thing to Waste.”

When:
1 p.m.‚ Monday‚ Jan. 21‚ 2008

Where:
Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center‚ Campus Loop Road near Jolley Lodge; the commemorative march will then travel to the Convocation Center on the Campus Green.

Media coverage is welcome. Please contact Jeremy Craig at 770−499−3448 or jcraig19@kennesaw.edu to reserve parking.

For more information about KSU’s observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and future Black History Month events in February‚ contact the African American Student Alliance at 770−423−6712‚ or visit www.kennesaw.edu/stu_dev/msrs/celebration_calendar.shtml.

A downloadable biography of Chuck D is available at https://files.kennesaw.edu/staff/jcraig19/MediaGraphics/Chuck%20D−%20Bio.doc
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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 35,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university's vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. A Carnegie-designated doctoral institution, it is one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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