Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 12.06.12 PMWinona State University’s Inclusion and Diversity office will host “Taking Bullets: Black Boys and Men in Twenty-first Century America, Fighting Terrorism, Stopping Violence and Seeking Healing,” featuring Haki Madhubuti at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, in East Hall, Kryzsko Commons.

As an award-winning poet and recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, Madhubuti is a publisher, editor and educator, acting as a strong role in the development of Black literary tradition.

Madhubuti has published 31 books, some under the name Don. L. Lee, and he founded the Third World Press in 1967. Cumulating the successes and achievements of his career, he was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Art Sanctuary of Philadelphia in 2008, named one of the “Ebony Power 150: Most Influential Blacks in America” for Education in 2009, and was presented with the President’s Pacesetters Award from the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education in 2010.

This event is also sponsored by WSU’s KEAP Diversity Resource Center, Minnesota State – Southeast Technical College and WSU’s Equity Theme Team.

The 2015-16 University Theme, Equity as a Human Right: Building Inclusive Community, is about upholding people’s rights, valuing diversity, challenging intolerance, and making institutional change around issues of social justice. For WSU and its communities partnering around a university theme has proven to be an effective strategy for bringing faculty, staff, students, and community members to the engagement table. The year-long focus will enable students, faculty, staff, and members of the wider Winona and Rochester communities to explore the intersections of identifies, cultures, and abilities.

For more information contact Alex Hines at AHines@winona.edu.

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