Dennis Watson Black History Speaker


West Virginia State University will hold its Black History Month Convocation at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 16 in the Ferrell Hall Auditorium. Featured speaker will be Dennis Rahiim Watson, motivational speaker and Chairman of the National Youth and Gang Violence Taskforce. The event is free and open to the public.

A native of Bermuda, Dennis Rahiim Watson has made it his mission to help tackle the global problem of crime by educating young people on a different direction. Watson, who says he was kicked out of high school 37 times, has been honored for his work in schools, churches and communities

Mr. Watson has lectured or conducted workshops at more than 1000 colleges and universities nationwide. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his decades of work teaching leadership, thinking, and survival skills to black youth throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, and Africa.

Among his honors are five White House Citations. One has come from President Barack Obama for his work with black inner city youth and for his efforts to reduce gang warfare and gun violence among back males. He was also honored by President Obama and former President Bill Clinton, on the 25th anniversary of his critically acclaimed one man show "The First Black President Of The United States."

The Black History Month Convocation is a presentation of the WVSU Student Government Association.

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