Renowned activist and write Kevin Powell will be setting foot on the campus of Virginia Union University this Thursday, February 2 at 11:00 A.M. He will be speaking on the topic “Barack Obama, Hiphop, Leadership, and the American Dream” in the historic Coburn Hall.

The event is presented by Virginia Union’s Office of Counseling Services, Office of Student Activites, and the School of Humanities, as well as Men About Positive Purpose and the Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Kevin Powell is widely considered one of America’s leading political and cultural voices in these early years of the 21st century. An acclaimed community activist and award-winning writer, Powell was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, and is the product of a single mother-led household, extreme poverty, fatherlessness, and violence.

In spite of these harsh circumstances, Powell studied at Rutgers University in New Jersey and he has become one of the most prolific and respected writers and voices of his generation. He is the author or editor of 11 books, including his newest title, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays, a collection that examines American leadership, politics, and social issues like gender violence, immigration, and equality for all Americans.