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Activist Shaun King to Visit CWU Feb. 25, Tickets Now Available

Internationally-recognized civil rights activist and journalist, Shaun King will speak on Shaun KingFebruary 25, 2019 at Central Washington University. Free tickets are currently available to CWU students online; the public may purchase tickets starting January 25.

The social media phenom is best known to his 4 million followers for spreading messages of social equity around the world. King has been at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement, advocating for empowerment and dignity for African Americans.

“Shaun bravely spearheaded the efforts to identify and arrest violent white supremacists who brutally attacked men and women in Charlottesville, Virginia,” stated his website. “His dogged efforts single-handedly led to more arrests of Neo-Nazis there than that of the FBI or State Police.”

In addition to his social media presence, King is a columnist for The Intercept and the Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project. He is the former senior justice writer for the New York Daily News. As a writer he has written more than 1,500 articles and provides morning commentary on the nationally-syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.

King holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1999, King became the youngest student government president elected at Morehouse since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a student there in 1947.

He 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.

In his continued efforts for social justice and equity, King will speak on February 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the CWU Student Union and Recreation Center Ballroom. As a young activist, he will connect with the campus to share how to use their voice and create change through social media.

This is a ticketed event. CWU students may pick up their tickets online at Wildcat Tickets or in the Wildcat Shop, starting January 2. General admission (GA) tickets will be available to the public on January 25.


  • 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.

Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484,