Campus Activity: MK Asante, author of "Buck": Ida B. Wells-Barnett Keynote Lecture Black History Month 2018


February 1, 2018    
6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Event Type

The Rutgers University-Camden Africana Studies Department, along with the Offices of the Chancellor, Campus Center, Civic Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion, and Student Involvement, are privileged to welcome MK Asante to campus on February 1, 2018 at 6:00pm as the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Keynote Lecture for Black History Month 2018. 

Doors will open at 6:00pm and Professor Asante is expected to begin speaking at 6:30pm.

This event is free and open to the Rutgers University Community and General Public.

Registering for the event is strongly encouraged – in order to RSVP please head here.

Biography (taken from  

MK Asante is a best-selling author, award-winning filmmaker, recording artist, and professor who CNN calls “a master storyteller and major creative force.”

Asante is the author of four books, including Buck: A Memoir, which was praised by Maya Angelou as “A story of surviving and thriving with passion, compassion, wit, and style.” Buck made the Washington Post best-seller list in 2014 and 2015 and has won dozens of awards. Asante received a Sundance™ Feature Film Grant to adapt Buck into a movie, which is currently in-development.

Asante studied at the University of London, earned a B.A. from Lafayette College, and an M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Asante has given distinguished lectures at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, as well as hundreds of other universities. He has toured in over 40 countries and was awarded the Key to the City of Dallas, Texas.

Called “the voice of a new generation” by Essence magazine, he has been featured on the CBS Early Show, VH1, NPR, The Breakfast Club, and MTV. His inspirational story “The Blank Page” is featured in the #1 New York Times best-seller, Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition. Asante’s essays have been published in USA Today and the New York Times.

Described by Vibe magazine as “brilliantly complex,” Asante is a Hip-Hop artist who has performed globally and is featured on the album Indie 500 by Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder.

Asante is a Distinguished Professor at the MICA Business School in India and a tenured professor of creative writing and film at Morgan State University.