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Kenyon Rashan Farrow to Present Butler A. Jones Lecture

February 20, 2006

DELAWARE, OHIO — Kenyon Rashan Farrow, an actor, lecturer, author and 1997 OWU Alum, will speak on "Hip Hop: Music or Movement?" as part of the Butler A. Jones Lecture Series on Race and Society. The lecture will take place at 7:30 on Thursday, February 23rd in the Bayley Room of Beeghly Library. It will be free of charge and open to the public.

The former Theater major will also be conducting an information/question/answer session, "The Working Actor," in the theater department for all interested OWU students on Wednesday from 5:00-6:30.

A writer and activist living in Brooklyn, New York, Farrow is the culture editor for Clamor Magazine, and the co-editor for Letters from Young Activists: Today's Rebels Speak Out (Nation Books 2005). The book is a collection of true stories of young people confronting racism, homophobia and social injustice.

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Alice Walker has said of the collection: "Whether North American or Other you will not regret the hours spent with this inspiring, compassionate and soulful book. It allows a glimpse into the hearts of young activists of today, one much needed by their elders. Here they are, our children: beautiful, committed, serious in their belief that it is possible to assist and care for the human and the natural world."

Farrow's own essays have appeared in print and online publications, and will appear in the upcoming anthology, Spirited: Affirming the Soul of Black Gay and Lesbian Identity (Red Bone press 2005). In his activism, Farrow also focuses on prison and police brutality issues, drug policy, LGBT, youth and homelessness issues. He was recently named one of the nation's "Movers and Shakers" in HIV/AIDS activism by TheBody.com. He is currently working on his first solo book.

The lecture and the information session are co-sponsored by departments of sociology/anthropology and theater/drama, as well as Theta Alpha Phi, the national theater honorary. Contributing sponsors also include the Offices of Academic Affairs, the Chaplain's, the President and the Provost.