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Rev. Shaun King
Rev. Shaun King
A journalist, humanitarian, and activist, Shaun King is a columnist for The Intercept and the Writer-In-Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project. In crucial conversations rippling across North America—conversations happening on social media, on campuses, in he streets and around dinner tables, he is considered amongst the most compelling voices: a humane and passionate advocate for justice and families, and an extremely visible fundraiser for victims of brutality and discrimination. This past year, Shaun bravely spearheaded the efforts to identify and arrest violent white supremacists who brutally attacked men and women in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is reported that his dogged efforts single-handedly led to more arrests of Neo-Nazis there than that of the FBI or State Police. King leads in efforts to expose how racism is not dead and forgotten, but merely a mutating virus, and one that manifests in different forms in every age. He considers racism, mass incarceration, and policies that criminalize blackness in the twenty-first century as problems that will not solve themselves. As a magnetic element of the Black Lives Matter movement, King helps individuals see their present place in the larger current of American history. He has adopted social media to rally and unite people of disparate backgrounds and has now become one of the most followed activists in the world. As a speaker, King offers an articulate and historically grounded take on the most pressing problems of the day. He has spoken in 35 states, on over 100 college campuses, in jails and prisons, and in corporate boardrooms. As a writer, he has written 1,500 articles on injustice since 2014 and has given morning commentary on the Tom Joyner Morning Show heard by 6 million listeners in over 100 cities. In 1999, Shaun became the youngest Student Government President elected at Morehouse College since Dr. King was a student there in 1947. Shaun was a well-known high school history and civics teacher in Atlanta, then a traveling teacher and counselor at a dozen different jails, prisons, and youth detention centers in Georgia –speaking and teaching 5 times a day, 5 days a week, for years. Shaun started and pastored a church in inner city Atlanta and launched several award-winning social good campaigns that raised millions of dollars for causes around the
world. Shaun is based out of Brooklyn, New York, is married to his high school sweetheart, and is the father of five children - four girls and a boy - ranging in age from pre-school to high school. Making the world a better place for them is his daily motivation.