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Nov. 1 Provost's Forum - Movement of Jah People: Bob Marley's Lyrical Genius

November 1, 2017, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Judge Karen J. Williams Courtroom, Room 103
USC School of Law
1525 Senate Street

The Office of the Provost and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a forum Wednesday, November 1.  Please join us as we welcome Dr. Kwame Dawes, Professor of English, University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

If you know your history
Then you would know where you coming from
Then you wouldn't have to ask me,
“Who the heck do I think I am?”

-Bob Marley, “Buffalo Soldiers”

Born in Ghana in 1962, Kwame Dawes moved to Jamaica in 1971 and spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica. He is a writer of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and plays. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the rhythms and textures of that lush place, citing in an interview his “spiritual, intellectual, and emotional engagement with reggae music.” Indeed, his book Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius remains the most authoritative study of the lyrics of Bob Marley.

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