Touré is well-known for his social commentary. He is a former NBC contributor and former MSNBC co-host of "The Cycle." A contributing editor to "Rolling Stone" and other publications, he is the author of several books, including "Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means to Be Black Now."
A professor at NYU's Clive Davis School of Recorded Music, he has been called "a one-man media conglomerate" by Newsweek. In 2013, he released a book on the legendary artist Prince, "I Would Die For U."
Patrisse Cullors is a Los Angeles-based social activist who, with two other people, started the movement #BlackLivesMatter in 2013, taking their inspiration from the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
As the truth and reinvestment campaign director for the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Cullors works to build the response capacity of communities that are affected by violence. Cullors' advocacy has earned her numerous honors, including the Mario Savio Young Activist Of The Year Award in 2007 and recognition as a "New Civil Rights Leader For The 21st Century" by the LA Times.
Cullors will speak January 20 at 4:30 p.m. Kirkhof Center, Grand River Room. Visit her website here.
Note: this program will be simulcast to the Eberhard Center, Telecommunications Auditorium, on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.