To honor Elizabeth Barber Walker, our college’s first Black graduate, the Black Student Union established an annual lecture two years ago. Our goal was and remains, to bring members of the St. Mary’s College community together to celebrate our achievements while simultaneously working to strengthen the bond within our community.
For this year's lecture, our speaker will be MK Asante, a best-selling author of "Buck" (Random House, 2013), award-winning filmmaker, recording artist, and distinguished professor who the Los Angeles Times calls “One of America’s best storytellers.” Asante studied at the University of London, earned a B.A. from Lafayette College, and an M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Asante has been featured on CNN, NPR, "The Breakfast Club," VH1, and MTV. His essays have been published in the New York Times and USA Today. His inspirational story “The Blank Page” is featured in the #1 New York Times best-seller, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: 20th Anniversary Edition." He has lectured at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, as well as hundreds of other universities. He has toured in over 50 countries and was awarded the Key to the City of Dallas, Texas.