Mines News

Release Date Thursday, February 22, 2018

SD Mines Hosts Black History Month Speaker Keith Knight

RAPID CITY, SD (Feb. 22, 2018) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NBSE) and the Office of Multicultural Affairs host the award winning artist and “Gentleman Cartoonist” Keith Knight from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, in the Surbeck Center Ballroom at SD Mines (campus map).  The event is free and open to the public.

Keith Knight is many things to many people–rapper, social activist, father and educator among them.  He’s also known as one of the funniest and most highly regarded cartoonists in America, and the creator of three popular comic strips: “The Knight Life,” “(Th)ink,” and “The K Chronicles.”

“We wanted to bring Keith during Black History Month to engage our campus and community in dialogue about race,” says SD Mines student and NBSE chapter president Christopher Blumer. 

Knight is part of a generation of African-American artists who were raised on hip-hop, and infuse their work with urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics and race. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including the Washington Post, Daily KOS, San Francisco Chronicle, Medium.com, Ebony, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine, and the Funny Times.  The NAACP recognized him as a 2015 History Maker, and CNN tapped him to grade America on its progress concerning issues of race.

Knight is available for interviews on Monday, Feb. 26 prior to his appearance at the Surbeck Center



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