Shaun King

If you ever wondered what you would do if you were alive in the Civil Rights Movement, now is the time to find out.

Columnist at The Intercept | Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project

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Shaun King | Columnist at The Intercept | Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project
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Through a mastery of social media, Shaun King starts and extends crucial conversations about racial discrimination, civil rights, police brutality, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Now Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Justice Project and a columnist at The Intercept, King proposes real ways we can all enact social justice and equality.

“It’s hard to know a moment in history when you are in it, but this much I know: We are in a painful and peculiar point in American history. So much is wrong that it’s hard to keep up, but we must.”

— Shaun King

Shaun King has written extensively about the Black Lives Matter movement, covering discrimination, police brutality, the prison industrial complex, and social justice in the wake of violence in New York, Baltimore, Cleveland, Ferguson, Missouri, Charleston, South Carolina, and other cities. He is now the Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Justice Project as well as a columnist at The Intercept. In his position as Senior Justice Writer at the New York Daily News, King wrote over 630 columns. He is a regular political commentator for The Young Turks and on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, and was formerly Justice Writer for Daily Kos. “Throughout his career, King has built a formidable social media following,” writes The Intercept. “As a journalist, King has deployed this following as a tool of the craft. King’s audience provides tips to stories of injustice that would otherwise be ignored, as well as to all-too-rare triumphs of activism across the country.”

“Shaun’s writing on social inequality, police brutality and race relations in America has been some of the best work done in the country.”

— Jim Rich, Executive Editor, New York Daily News

Widely known for using Twitter and Facebook to tell micro-stories of injustice, King’s social media updates have influenced how the world knows about those most affected by racism and police brutality. A strong advocate for families, Shaun has become an extremely visible fundraiser for victims of injustice. As a social entrepreneur, King worked as the CEO and founder of both TwitChange (which won the Mashable Award for the Most Creative Social Good Campaign) and HopeMob, whose social media footprint grew to become one of the 10 largest of any charity. King is the author of The Power of 100!, and has spent much of the past 15 years raising nearly $10 million for charities and causes across the globe. King is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Epoch Humanitarian Award and the Hometown Hero Award from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He was also included in MSNBC’s The Grio Top 100 History Makers. On stage, he draws from his oratorical skills developed, in part, from the fifteen years he spent as a local pastor.

Speech Topics

Activism
Civil Rights Today The New Civil Rights Movement
The deadliest hate crime against African Americans in our lifetimes didn’t happen in 1955 or 1965, but in Charleston in 2015. More unarmed African Americans were shot and killed by American police in 2015 than in any year of lynching since 1922. Ten times more African Americans are currently incarcerated today than they were in 1955. 

Racism has not died, but has shape-shifted in unexpected and unprecedented ways. In this free-flowing, information-packed, multi-media presentation, Shaun King illuminates how this generation must come to grips with its own unique challenges. Instead of wondering who we’d be and what we’d do if we were alive in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, King asks us to see our present place in the modern movement for a more fair and just world. Racism, discrimination, and harmful policies won’t get better on their own; for that reason, King proposes real and applicable solutions to the most pressing problems of the day.