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Feb. 18: NAACP Magazine Editor, Author To Deliver Black History Month Talk at Carnegie Mellon, Feb. 28


Abby Houck                       

NAACP Magazine Editor, Author To Deliver Black
History Month Talk at Carnegie Mellon, Feb. 28

PITTSBURGH — Accomplished playwright, author and journalist Jabari Asim will speak at Carnegie Mellon University in honor of Black History Month at 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 in McConomy Auditorium, University Center. The event is free and open to the public.

jabariasimThe talk, titled "Politics, Popular Culture and Language: An Evening with Jabari Asim," explores the author's recently published book "The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why." Asim's book has been featured on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" and NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show." His talk also will answer questions such as "Is America ready for a black president?" and "Has the hip-hop generation lost sight of its original voice and vision?"

Asim is editor-in-chief of The Crisis magazine, a journal of politics, ideas and culture published by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and founded by W.E.B. Du Bois in 1910. He spent 11 years at The Washington Post, where he was a deputy editor of the book review section and a syndicated columnist on political and social issues. A former vice president of the National Book Critics Circle, Asim edited "Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on Law, Justice and Life" and authored "The Road To Freedom: A Story of the Restoration," a novel for young readers. His children's books include "Whose Toes Are Those?" "Whose Knees Are These?" and "Daddy Goes to Work."

Asim also has published work in a number of anthologies and literary magazines. He was the only writer to have both poetry and fiction included in "In The Tradition: An Anthology of Young Black Writers." His short story "Two Fools" appeared in "Brotherman: The Odyssey of Black Men in America." His poetry was published in the anthologies "Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social and Political Black Literature and Art," "Beyond The Frontier: African-American Poetry for the 21st Century," "The Harlem Reader: A Celebration of New York's Most Famous Neighborhood from the Renaissance Years to the 21st Century" and "From The Black Arts Movement to Furious Flower: A Collection of Contemporary African American Poetry."

More information on Asim is available at Carnegie Mellon's Student Development Office is sponsoring the talk and additional Black History Month activities throughout February. Visit for a full schedule of events.