Shaun King to speak at UC Davis on Oct. 18

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Tickets for event are $5 for students

On Oct. 18, civil rights activist Shaun King will speak at UC Davis’ Main Theatre in Wright Hall, which has 428 seats for students and members of the public. The event, scheduled for 7 p.m., is hosted by the UC Davis Cross Cultural Center.

Shaun King is a writer and activist known for using social media to talk about issues relating to social justice, including civil rights, police brutality and racial discrimination. He is also the senior justice writer for the New York Daily News and a commentator for the YouTube commentary program “The Young Turks.”

“Here I’ll be breaking down the root causes of systemic injustice in America and what we can do to affect change,” King posted on the event’s Facebook page.

King’s speaking event at UC Davis is titled “The New Civil Rights Movement.”

King has a large social media presence, which includes over 1.6 million followers on his Facebook page and 810,000 followers on his Twitter account.

As part of his speaking tour, King will be stopping at several universities, including Stockton University, the University of Chicago, Penn State and the University of Massachusetts, Boston, among others.  

“King [will discuss] how this generation must come to grips with its own unique challenges,” the Facebook page states. “Instead of wondering who they would be and what they would have done had they been alive in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, King asks his audience to see their present place in the modern movement and what they can do for a more just world.”

Tickets are available online and at the Aggie Stadium ticket office beginning Sept. 25. The price for UC Davis students is $5, while the price for a general admission ticket is $10.

“I think Shaun represents a strong social justice focus,” said Bruce Smail, the director of the Cross Cultural Center. “He is addressing issues and concerns that impact many communities of color.”

 

Written by: Clara Zhao –– campus@theaggie.org

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