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What Do We Do Now?: America in the Age of Trump - Kevin Powell - <span class="date-display-single">04/28/2017 - 7:00pm</span>

What Do We Do Now?: America in the Age of Trump

04/28/2017 - 7:00pm

Central Library - The Bubbler

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.

 

Join Kevin Powell for a community conversation about state of the America seen through the lens of his experiences traveling the country and engaging with people.

 

About The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood:

 

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.

Kevin Powell

About Presenter Kevin Powell

 

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.

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The Education of Kevin Powell


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