GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Civil-rights and social justice activist Shaun King will be the guest speaker at Stockton University’s 14th Fannie Lou Hamer Human and Civil Rights Symposium in October.
King, who often interacts through Twitter and Facebook, will speak on “The New Civil Rights Movement in the Age of Social Media.”
Mahalia Bazile, president of United Black Students Society, said King represents young activism.
“He embodies what it means to be young and have a voice,” she said. “He is willing to speak up, hear both sides of an argument and be part of the conversation.”
King is a journalist who has extensively covered social-justice issues, especially the Black Lives Matter movement. He recently joined The Intercept as a columnist and is also a writer-in-residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Justice Project. He previously wrote for the New York Daily News.
The symposium Oct. 10 also will feature a panel discussion with Professor of Anthropology Nazia Kazi, Associate Professor of Political Science James Avery, Public Policy Consultant Richard Roper and moderator and Associate Professor of Social Work Allison Sinanan.
The symposium is named in honor of Fannie Lou Hamer, a Mississippi native who became a noted civil-rights activist in the 1960s and spoke on behalf of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City. One of her most famous quotes is, “All my life I’ve been sick and tired. Now I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
The symposium is sponsored by the Africana Studies Program and the UBSS, and also receives support from the Office of the Provost, the Council of Black Faculty and Staff, Office of the President, Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and Office of Student Development.