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Last modified: Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Bakari Kitwana to lecture on hip-hop

Feb. 13, 2007

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's Union Board is proud to present its Black History Month lecturer -- Bakari Kitwana.

Co-founder of the first-ever National Hip-Hop Political Convention, Kitwana will give a lecture, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m., in the Indiana University Auditorium. The event is free.

Bakari will speak on the topic, "Can Hip-Hop Make the Transition from Cultural Movement to Political Power?" a subject that is sure to spark a lot of intellectual conversation on the true meaning of hip-hop.

Kitwana is the author of several books including The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture, and former executive editor of The Source magazine. He has been acknowledged as an expert on hip-hop politics by the Los Angeles Times, CNN, The O'Reilly Factor and other leading news outlets.

Kitwana also writes a column on hip-hop and youth culture called "Do the Knowledge" for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and is a consultant on hip-hop for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also has been an adjunct professor in the political science department at Kent State University, where he taught a course entitled, "The Politics of the Hip-Hop Generation."

Tickets are free for Indiana University students and the public. To order tickets please call 812-855-1103 or visit the IU Auditorium.

The Indiana Memorial Union Board has brought thousands of programs to the IU community since its inception in 1909. Union Board is comprised of 16 student and four non-student directors responsible for campus programming that has entertained and educated the IU community. The Indiana Memorial Union Board offices are located in room 270 of the Student Activities Tower in the Indiana Memorial Union. For more information about Union Board, call 812-855-4682 or email