WASHINGTON – The 2021-2022 Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Chair in Public Policy Lecture Series, chaired by political strategist and author Donna Brazile, returned Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. EDT online via YouTube. The theme of this year’s series is âMake Your Future: Building Forward Together. ”
The third virtual event, entitled “Race against the clock: the politics of a darkening America” will host approximately 20 students for the live recorded discussion at WHUT studios. Brazile will be joined by Keith boykin, New York Times bestselling author and CNN political commentator, as well as Ravi Perry, Ph.D., Chairman of the Department of Political Science at Howard University.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, Boykin has taught at the African American Studies Research Institute at Columbia University in New York and at the American University in Washington, DC. He is the co-founder and first chairman of the board of directors of the National Black Justice. Coalition and author of four books, winner of the Lambda Literary Award.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Boykin has lived in 12 cities, visited 48 states and traveled the world. Boykin co-hosted BET Networks’ talk show “My Two Cents”, starred in the Showtime reality series “American Candidate”, worked as an associate producer on “Dirty Laundry” and appeared in numerous TV shows, including BET’s “Being Mary Jane.”
Ravi K. Perry, Ph.D., joined Howard University’s Department of Political Science in August 2019 as Chair and Professor. Perry holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MA and PhD. from Brown University, each in political science. An expert on black politics, minority representation and LGBT candidates of color, Perry is the editor of 21st Century Urban Race Politics: Representing Minorities as Universal Interests, a book that discusses the efforts of African-American, Latino and Asian people to represent interests. minorities in the historically white cities of the United States.
Perry is the past president of the Association for Ethnic Studies and a member of the Executive Council of the Urban Politics Organized section of the American Political Science Association. Perry is a past member of the Executive Board of the Organized Section on Sexuality and Politics of the American Political Science Association and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists. Previously, Perry was also a member of the board of directors and head of affiliate actions for the Mississippi ACLU and was also one of the first openly gay colored branch presidents in the history of the NAACP in Worcester, Massachusetts.
In his limited spare time in the district, Perry, a resident of Ward 7 and a member of the AME Metropolitan Church, enjoys playing tennis and volunteering. Perry is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Perry is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being recognized as one of the 50 “Hero Citizens” of the Andrew Goodman Foundation, “Hidden 105” of the magazine Out and “193” from The Advocate Reasons to be proud “and” 40 under 40 “.
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About Howard University
Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university that includes 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 degree programs leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to excellence in truth and service and has produced one Schwarzman Fellow, three Marshall Fellows, four Rhodes Fellows, 12 Truman Fellows, 25 Pickering Fellows and over 165 Fulbright Fellows. Howard also produces more African American doctorates on campus. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, visit www.howard.edu.
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