Activist and performer Sister Souljah will give a lecture titled “Your College Degree: Making It More Than Paper” at Frostburg State University on Wednesday, March 5, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Her appearance is sponsored by the FSU Black Student Alliance.
The lecture starts at 8 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer segment at 9 p.m. and a book-signing at 10 p.m. This presentation is free and open to the public.
Souljah, a bestselling author, recording artist and film producer, was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and raised in the projects there. She first made her way up by attending the Cornell Advanced Placement Studies and studying abroad in Europe at the University of Salamanca in Spain.
As a global student, she traveled to England, France, Spain, Portugal, Finland and Russia. Souljah helped to build a medical center for families in Bindura, Zimbabwe, and worked with refugee children from Mozambique.
As a student activist, she created, financed and implemented the African Youth Camp, an academic/cultural camp that helped more than 200 children of homeless families. This camp made Souljah a motivating force behind many hip-hop artists’ efforts to help the community, organize major youth events, programs and summer camps. Among these artists are Lauryn Hill, Doug E. Fresh and Sean “Puffy” Combs.
As a community activist, Souljah speaks out against racially motivated crimes and police brutality and for the education of urban youth. She produced and promoted numerous outdoor concerts and rallies in Harlem, N.Y., that gathered crowds of nearly 30,000 youth, as well as participation by R&B and hip-hop celebrities.
Souljah has many accomplishments in the entertainment business. She has been on both radio and television and has been a youth voice on New York radio about politics, culture, business and social organization. She has been a speaker at the Million Women’s March, and has been featured on Oprah Winfrey, Larry King Live, and the cover of “Newsweek” magazine. Souljah released an album entitled “360 degrees of Power,” which ignited debate about issues of race, culture, sexism and politics.
From 1997 to 2007 she was the Executive Director of Daddy’s House Social Programs, the charitable wing of Bad Boy Entertainment. She is also author of two national bestselling books, “The Coldest Winter Ever” and “No Disrespect”.
Souljah is a powerful voice for today’s hip-hop generation and is inspiring many to help become involved in their communities.
BSA will be providing a limited amount of free books as door prizes and will have copies available to students to purchase from Main Street Books. For more information, contact the FSU Diversity Center at 301-687-4050.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.