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Keith Boykin, a nationally known political commentator and author, will serve as the keynote speaker for Eastern Michigan University’s (EMU) 33rd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, in the Student Center Auditorium.
Keith Boykin is notable for his recurring appearances on CNN where he weighs in on political matters and his platform is amplified through his activity on Twitter. His work consistently analyzes and challenges questionable policy and methodology affecting the world.
EMU will witness nine years of growth since the last time Keith visited EMU to deliver the keynote address for the 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. In 2010, his motivational message encouraged listeners to free themselves of restrictive thinking and manifest their limitless abilities.
Himself a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Keith currently teaches at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York and continues to write.
A New York Times best-selling and Lambda Literary Award-winning author for his work includes: For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home (2012); Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America (2004); Respecting the Soul: Daily Reflections for Black Lesbians and Gays (1999); and One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America (1996).
Keith is an expert in politics and policy due to over 25 years of learning and experiencing. Previously having served as a White House aide to President Bill Clinton, and has worked on over six political campaigns, including two Presidential campaigns.
Prior to CNN, he worked as a CNBC contributor, MSNBC commentator and BET columnist.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration keynote address will be located at 900 Oakwood St. Ypsilanti, Mich. Entry is free and open to the public. Due to limited auditorium seating, overflow seating will be available in Student Center Rm 310 A/B.
President Trump announced there is a humanitarian crisis at our southern board Tuesday night in a presidential address. He is unwilling to support a spending bill proposed by Democrats that doesn’t include $5.7 billion in funding for a steel barrier along the border shared by the U.S. and Mexico. The president insisted that he will keep the government shut down for as long as it takes for Democrats to support his plan. His address was followed by a response from Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
Monday, January 7
The newly renovated and much anticipated Strong Hall opened up for faculty and students for the first time since construction began in the fall of 2017.
“The most important idea behind Giving True Day is that students, faculty and staff, alumni and friends of the university can choose to support their passion on campus,” said Director of Annual Giving Carole Booms. “It's about what you feel is important to support when it comes to giving.”
There was plenty to celebrate at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) Saturday, Dec. 15, as the graduating class of fall 2018 proceeded with commencements at the Convocation Center.
Spotted earlier today by a reporter for the Eastern Echo, one of the walls in the Free Speech Space reads “it’s okay to be white.” The message comes a week after a statement condemning anti-semitism was tampered with on the same wall.
Sunday, Dec. 2
Updated at 7:01 p.m. by Andrew Lenzo.
The Student Senate met Tuesday to hold their final general meeting of the semester. Although drama reigned over the political process, all the Senators were present to pass two new resolutions.
Sunday, November 25
Dr. Robert Turner hosted a discussion and book signing at Eastern Michigan University Wednesday, Nov. 28, for his newly released book, “Not For Long,” which showcases the shared experiences and obstacles NFL players face while playing and when their athletic career ends.
Dr. Turner, former professional athletes, and EMU student athletes
Sunday, November 11
As the Department of World Languages celebrates International Education week, Eastern Michigan University’s Spanish Club commemorated the occasion with their event Noche de Carerra, Monday Nov. 12 in the student center.
Before dismissing for Thanksgiving recess, the Student Senate announced the passing of three resolutions during their biweekly meeting held in the Student Center.
News Anchor Josh Landon visited Sponberg Auditorium on Wednesday to give advice to future journalists. Landon, an anchor for Fox 2 News, talked about his journey to his current job and answered questions from student journalists and broadcasters. Landon, an EMU graduate, shared his enthusiasm and knowledge with students.
Sunday, Nov. 4