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Activist Shaun King to Speak Monday at CWU

Prominent civil rights activist and journalist Shaun King will discuss the status of modern civil rights and provide an overview of civil rights movements throughout history, both globally and domestic, during a special presentation on Monday, February 25 at Central Washington University.

King, who has been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement, will speak on “Civil Rights Today: The New Civil Rights Movement.” His talk will begin at 6:30 p.m. in CWU’s Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom. Tickets are still available.

King boasts more than four million followers on social media and is a columnist for The Intercept and is Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project. In all of his work, he has long advocated for empowerment and dignity for African Americans.

More recently, King spearheaded the efforts to identify and arrest violent white supremacists who attacked several men and women during a Neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, Virginia. According to his website, “His dogged efforts single-handedly led to more arrests of Neo-Nazis there than that of the FBI or State Police.”

A former senior justice writer for the New York Daily News, King has written more than 1,500 articles and provides morning commentary on the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.

He frequently speaks at universities, prisons, and to civic groups across the U.S. King also won the first Humanitarian Hero honor at the 2018 BET Awards.

This is a ticketed event. CWU students may pick up their free tickets online at Wildcat Tickets or in the Wildcat Shop. General admission (GA) tickets are also available to the public at


  • Free - CWU students w/ student ID
  • $10 discounted GA tickets with a non-perishable food donation. Must show discounted ticket with food donation to enter venue. Donations will be accepted at the event door and will support CWU's Presidents United to Solve Hunger (P.U.S.H.) food banks.
  • $15 regular general admission

For more information about this event contact Katrina Whitney, assistant director of the Diversity and Equity Center at, 509-963-2128.