Kwame Kilpatrick’s Planned Speech At EMU Stirs Opposition

Source: Oralandar Brand-Williams / The Detroit News

Detroit— Opposition appears to be mounting to a speaking engagement by former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick next week at Eastern Michigan University.

Kilpatrick is scheduled to speak 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at an event on campus sponsored by B.L.A.C.K., Black Leaders Aspiring for Critical Knowledge. The program will be held at the school Student Center Ballroom.

The president of B.L.A.C.K., Nicholas Patterson says the purpose of the event is to “increase awareness of second chances and ‘I messed up, what’s next?'”

“Mr. Kilpatrick will briefly speak about what he did, why he did it, and also, the road to redemption,” said Patterson in an invitation about the event. “As everyone has their own political views, we ask that you come with an open mind and listen in! We believe that Mr. Kilpatrick is the perfect person to speak about second chances and that this event will help somebody, if not now, in the near future.”

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