Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University to host “Civil Rights Today” lecture by activist Shaun King

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2018

CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

Westfield – Westfield State University will host American writer and civil rights activist Shaun King, on Monday, September 24 at 5:15 p.m. in Scanlon Banquet Hall in its first Higher Ed/Higher Ground speaker series event of the academic year.

King will present a lecture titled “Civil Rights Today: The New Civil Rights Movement,” unpacking the ways that racism has shape-shifted and evolved since the 1960s and discussing what can be done in the modern movement today to create a more just world.

A columnist for The Intercept and the writer-in-residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project, King has written and spoken about a wide range of topics on racism, mass incarceration, and social justice. In addition to his many writings for outlets like The Intercept, New York Daily News, Medium, and The Daily Kos, King has adopted social media to unite a diverse audience and has become one of the most followed activists in the United States, with more than a million followers on Twitter.

Since its inception in 2016, the University’s Higher Ed/Higher Ground speaker series seeks to foster campus-wide conversations around racism, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression through programming with an emphasis on social justice.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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