An author, speaker and educator who depicts the experiences of young African Americans will be the keynote at this year’s Hazel L. Jackson lecture at Millersville University. On Thursday, November 3, Kwame Alexander will discuss and present his writing at the Student Memorial Center.
Hazel L. Jackson was the first female African American professor hired at Millersville University. In honor of her contributions to MU, Professor Rita Smith Wade-El created the Hazel L. Jackson Lecture series. Each year, the University invites African American literary artists to share their experiences with the campus and the Lancaster community.
Alexander has had many accomplishments as an author. He is best known for his New York Times Best Selling Books, “Swing” and “Becoming Muhammad Ali.” He also received various awards, including the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Three NAACP Image Award nominations and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award.
Dr. Caleb Corkery, an English professor at Millersville, says the lectures are important to have at the University each year for many reasons. “This lecture highlights the artistry of African American authors, bringing to campus their expression and perspective to enlighten us. It is also an opportunity to share what enriches us with our greater community.”
Corkery emphasizes that students and visitors will gain much insight after attending the lecture with Alexander. “Kwame has much to offer to both young and adult audiences. He brings much passion to his work, communicating his love for writing and reaching out to help others express themselves.”
The lecture will be held at the Student Memorial Center in the Multipurpose room from 7 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, with free entry. The University has invited the campus and Lancaster community to attend the lecture along with 100 8th-grade students from the School District of Lancaster.
To learn more about the Hazel L. Lecture Series: https://www.millersville.edu/africanamericanstudies/jackson-lecture.php