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B-CU to Host Famed Civil Rights Activist and Scholar Dr. Cornel West

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Bethune-Cookman University has recently launched the new "Rock the Mic: Free Your Mind” speaker series with exciting guests scheduled to visit the campus each month.

Dr. Dwaun Warmack, B-CU's vice president for student affairs, created the series to introduce B-CU students to prominent scholars from civic, social, educational and other sectors representing society and culture.

"It's imperative that students are able to engage in dialogue on all levels,” notes Warmack. "Many of these speakers have life experiences similar to students in our population and exposure to these notable scholars and their journeys is a priceless opportunity for them.”

On the schedule for Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. is Dr. Cornel West, a well-known American civil rights activist and author who currently teaches at Princeton University's Center for African American Studies. West has also appeared in several motion picture productions, including "The Matrix Reloaded” and "The Matrix Revolutions.”

West's outspoken opinions of race, gender and class in American society have earned him appearances on many top television and radio programs across the nation.

"We are so excited and proud to have the legendary Dr. West here at The GREAT Bethune-Cookman University,” said B-CU President Trudie Kibbe Reed. "We are so blessed to be able to allow our students to experience speakers of this magnitude.”

Last month, Ephron Taylor, an entrepreneur and author who is the youngest ever African American CEO of a publicly traded company, earned a standing-room only crowd in the University's Heyn Memorial Chapel.

Due to the success of ticket reservations for Dr. West, the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center will house the event.

"We expect quite a crowd for this one,” said Warmack. "We want to encourage members of the community to attend as well so we have the PAC reserved and ready to go.”

All the events are free and open to the public. For ticket reservations, please contact the B-CU Office of Student Affairs at (386) 481-2494.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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