A Conversation with Kevin Powell
04/28/2017 - 10:00am
Central Library - Community Rooms 301 & 302
THIS EVENT WAS CANCELED ON APRIL 26 DUE TO PRESENTER ILLNESS. INFORMATION WILL BE ADDED TO THE WEB SITE IF THIS EVENT CAN BE RESCHEDULED.
An interactive conversation with Kevin Powell, author of 12 books, including The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood, author of an upcoming biography of Tupac Shakur, activist, public speaker, and co-founder of BK Nation and BKNation.org.
In the spirit of Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Piri Thomas’s Down These Mean Streets, this powerful memoir by writer and activist Kevin Powell vividly recounts the horrific poverty of his youth, his struggles to overcome a legacy of anger, violence, and self-hatred, and his journey to be a man and a voice for others.
Driven by his single mother’s dreams for his survival and success, Kevin Powell became the first in his family to attend a university, where he became a student leader keenly aware of widespread social injustice. But the struggle to define himself and break out of poverty continued into adulthood, with traumatic periods of homelessness and despair. As a young star journalist with Vibe magazine, Powell interviewed luminaries such as Tupac Shakur, writing influential chronicles of the evolution of hip-hop from his eyewitness view. Now, with searing honesty, Powell examines his troubled relationships, his appearance on MTV’s first season of The Real World, his battles with alcohol and depression, his two campaigns for Congress, and the uplifting trip to Africa that renewed his sense of personal mission. Finally, Powell embarks on a search for the father he never really knew in a redemptive passage from abandonment to self-discovery. A striking memoir by a child of post-Civil Rights America, The Education of Kevin Powell gives eloquent testimony to the power of the soul to heal.
Registration will be limited. Register by emailing Conor Moran at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Powell, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, is the author or editor of eleven previous books. He is a native of Jersey City, New Jersey. Thanks to a college financial aid package, he studied at Rutgers University and has gone on to write for publications such as The Huffington Post, CNN.com, Esquire, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, Vibe, and the Guardian. He is also the president and cofounder of BK Nation, an American organization focused on civil rights, human rights, and equal opportunities for all people. Powell is a proud long-time resident of Brooklyn, New York.