Activist and author Keith Boykin will deliver a Wednesday evening lecture at UNC Charlotte to discuss his book “One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America.”

A reception and book signing will follow.

Boykin was invited by the campus group OUTSpoken, a standing committee of students, faculty and staff whose mission is to mentor those of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community. The group has hosted a speaker each of the last three years.

Boykin began his activism in high school, working on political campaigns. He attended Harvard Law School with President Barack Obama and served in the White House as special assistant to President Bill Clinton. He was appointed in 1997, along with Coretta Scott King and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, to the U.S. presidential trade delegation to Zimbabwe.

Boykin has written three books, each nominated for a Lambda Literary award and named to the New York Times best seller list. He won the Lambda award for his second book, “Respecting the Soul.”

Boykin is editor of The Daily Voice and makes regular appearances on television shows such as CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” “The O’Reilly Factor” and the syndicated “Tyra Banks Show.”

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 7
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Cone University Center’s McNight Hall, UNC Charlotte
Cost: Free

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