Stephanie Shonekan

Junot Diaz

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and activist Junot Diaz speaks in Columbia Monday night. His visit is part of the annual University of Missouri celebration of Martin Luther King, jr. The event's co-chairs Dr. Stephanie Shonekan and Brian Booton were guests on last week's Thinking Out Loud. They offered a preview of the lecture and explained why bringing Diaz, a Dominican native, to campus now made sense.

Today Paul Pepper visits with STEPHANIE SHONEKAN and BRIAN BOOTON, MLK Planning Committee Members, about two events celebrating the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The first event, a free showing of the film "Harvest of Empire," is TODAY at Ragtag Cinema; the second event, a talk by activist and author Junot Díaz, is next Monday at Jesse Auditorium. Watch for details! January 15, 2018

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Much has come from the November 2015 protests here at MU. One upcoming series of discussions on race will occur in a new course that begins in January. A pair of MU faculty who developed the course 'Race and the American Story' were guests on this week's Thinking Out Loud.

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Last Friday, the MU Black Studies Department hosted Dr. Marc Lamont Hill to moderate a community conversation and reflection on the race and social justice issues raised by students last fall. Hill is a professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College in Atlanta and host of BET News and VH1 Live.

The evening began with performances from students, including members of the organization Indie Poets and the Legion of Black Collegians Gospel Choir. 


Today Paul Pepper chats with LORENZO LAWSON, Executive Director at Columbia's Youth Empowerment Zone, about their young men's 'MENtour'-ing program called "The Game." At [4:31] STEPHANIE SHONEKAN, Assoc. Prof., Ethnomusicology, University of Missouri, tells us about a free event on January 20th featuring Civil Rights Pioneer Diane Nash speaking about the values of Martin Luther King, Jr. Don't miss out! December 16, 2016