Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. Kevin is a native of Jersey City, raised by a single mother in extreme poverty, but managed to study at Rutgers University thanks to New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund. Kevin is the author of 11 books, including Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and the Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays. In 2017, he will publish a biography of Tupac Shakur. Kevin's writings have also appeared in CNN.com, Esquire, Ebony, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, ESPN.com and Vibe Magazine, where he worked for many years as a senior writer.
Kevin routinely appears in interviews on television, radio, and in print and on the
internet discussing major issues of our time. As an activist, he is the president and
co-founder of BK Nation, a new national, progressive, multicultural organization
focused on such issues as education, civic engagement, leadership training, health
and wellness, social media, arts and culture, and job and small business creation.
Kevin was also a Democratic candidate for Congress in Brooklyn, New York, his
adopted hometown, in 2008 and 2010.
Kevin routinely travels nationally and globally as a public speaker, at colleges and
corporations, at various institutions, and a wide range of communities. Recent
speaking engagements include stops at Microsoft headquarters, Stanford University,
and the U.S. Department of Justice.On behalf of the U.S. State Department, he toured Japan lecturing on the
relevance of Dr. King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech in the 21st century.
As a pop culture curator, Kevin produced the first exhibit on the history of hip-hop
in America at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As a humanitarian, Kevin's work includes local, national and
international initiatives to end violence against women and girls and he has done extensive philanthropic and relief work, ranging from
Hurricane Katrina to earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, to Superstorm Sandy in New
York, to his annual holiday party and clothing drive for the homeless every
December since 9/11. As an acknowledgement of Kevin's life of public service and his dedication to
literature and the arts, Cornell University recently became the owner of The Kevin
Powell Collection, documenting nearly 30 years of his work to date in print, photos,
videos, books, handwritten notes, speeches, and select memorabilia.