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Writer, activist Shaun King coming to UC Davis

Shaun King, New York Daily News columnist and Black Lives Matter activist, spoke at Como Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
Shaun King, New York Daily News columnist and Black Lives Matter activist, spoke at Como Missionary Baptist Church on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

American writer and civil rights activist Shaun King will speak at the UC Davis campus on Oct. 18, Kimberly Hale, a university spokeswoman, said Wednesday.

The event is sponsored by the school’s Cross Cultural Center and will take place at the Main Theatre in Wright Hall, with approximately 428 seats available to both students and members of the public.

“I’ll be breaking down the root causes of systemic injustice in America and what we can do to affect change,” a Facebook page created by King for the event said.

King has become an influential voice in the Black Lives Matter movement in recent years, covering high-profile police brutality cases and race issues in the country.

He writes for the Fair Punishment Project, an initiative run by Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice and its Criminal Justice Institute, along with the Advocacy Fund and The Bronx Defenders, which provides legal aid and support to people living in the Bronx. The project focuses on excessive sentences in the U.S. justice system.

The New York Daily News announced they were hiring King as a senior justice reporter in October 2015. He also accepted a position as a political commentator for The Young Turks, an online news show, in December 2016.

King has built a large presence on social media, with 790,000 followers on Twitter and more than 1.5 million followers on Facebook. Earlier this month, he launched a national boycott of the NFL for what he called the “outrageous mistreatment” of Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who is currently a free agent, gained national attention last year after kneeling during the national anthem at the start of football games. The action was to call attention to racial injustices in the country, he said.

Hale said tickets should be available next week and cost $5 for students and $10 for non-students. The appearance cost, which is around $12,000, will be covered by ticket sales along with funds from the Cross Cultural Center.

The UC Davis event is one of several planned speeches planned for King at schools across the country, including New York City’s St. John’s University, the University of Chicago and the University of Nevada in Reno, according to his Facebook page.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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