Urban Education, Hip-Hop Culture Expert to Give Black History Month Keynote

Don Sawyer
Don Sawyer

Don Sawyer, director of Syracuse University’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, will give the Black History Month keynote speech at Hamilton College.  His lecture, titled “Hip-Hop Culture, Perceived Anti-Intellectualism, and Young Black Males,” will take place on Monday, Feb. 6, at 4:15 p.m., in the Kirner-Johnson Building’s Bradford Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.


Sawyer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hartwick College and masters degrees in sociology and in education from Syracuse University. He is currently a doctoral student and instructor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs sociology department at Syracuse. Sawyer’s scholarly research deals with issues of hip-hop culture, identity formation, and perceived anti-intellectualism in black male youth and college students.

Sawyer’s lecture will examine the socio-cultural variables that affect the lives and academic achievements of black male students. Using the voices of young black men, he will offer alternative perspectives on what hip-hop means to these youth. 

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Days-Massolo Center, the Office for the Associate Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs, and the Black and Latino Student Union.


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