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Kiese Laymon Brings Humor to Reckon with Racial Past in Liberal Arts Institutions

October 2, 2019

At 7:30 on Thursday, Sept. 26, students, faculty, and many others shuffled into Memorial Commons for an evening discussion of social justice with author and Mississippi native Kiese Laymon. Laymon’s talk garnered interest across campus after various FYS students praised his writing from their clas...

Privilege vs Power

October 2, 2019

One of the main takeaways I gathered from the Kiese Laymon speech on Sept. 26 was this idea of “luck,” and how White people assume that the only reason a Black person could be successful is by ‘luck.” In their minds, it would be absurd for a Black person to attain success by means of an earnest ...

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