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A Cartoonist’s 20 year look at Police Brutality in the U.S.

A  slideshow by award-winning cartoonist Keith Knight

Culled from over 20 years of his award-winning work, They Shoot Black People, Don’t They? A Cartoonist’s Look at Police Brutality  in the U.S. is a brand-new Power point slideshow presentation from nationally syndicated cartoonist Keith Knight (the Knight Life, the K Chronicles, (th)ink).  Presenting his unique take on the militarization of the nation’s police force, and the unchecked killing of unarmed citizens, Knight’s cartoons are infused with urgency, humor, satire, politics, and race.  His work is designed to provoke constructive, civil dialogue amongst people young and old, left and right, of all colors and orientations.  The presentation  has been a hit at university campuses all across Germany, where the gentleman cartoonist debuted it in November of 2014.

Now the goal is to bring it to all 50 states over the next two years, starting with California (BCAF in San Francisco- Jan. 2015) and Arkansas (the University of Arkansas- Feb. 2015).

Here’s what happens: You fly Keef in, and he wows  your campus/town/school/library or community center with a powerpoint/storytelling presentation showcasing some of his  most powerfully moving, darkest, and funniest cartoons. Addressing  issues of race, police brutality, the justice system,  media, and the importance of social activism— teetering between high brow ideals and low-brow humor.

Words of Praise:

“Keith Knight’s slide show presentations are a poignant and stirring mixture of lecture, activist essay and stand-up comedy. Our students especially appreciated Keith’s entertaining and charismatic delivery that still never lost sight of the seriousness of his material. This show is a must-see for anyone trying to better understand race-relations, police brutality and the cultural climate for African Americans in the United States.”

– Prof. Dr. Peter Schneck, Institute for English and American Studies, Dean of the School for Languages and Literatures, Osnabrück University

“The presentation was searing, moving, poignant, and somehow very funny! The students were quite moved, and the presentation really helped to historicize and to contextualize for them what happened in Ferguson and New York this year..”
-Prof. Aliyyah I. Abdur-Rahman, PhD Brandeis University

“Keith Knight’s presentation was lively, thought-provoking and
hilariously funny.    The diverse audience of students, faculty and
staff, and community members loved it.  Keith challenged them with
his unique perspective on critical issues like racism, terrorism, the
media and U.S. politics while managing to keep the laughs
coming.  One enthusiastic attendee told me that the event exceeded
all of her expectations.  We were delighted with the success of the event.”

-Jenny Robb,  head curator, Ohio State Cartoon Research Library

“In times of dying newspapers and dwindling opportunities for artists to be published, Keith Knight’s slide show tour is a refreshing approach to reaching new audiences. His sharp analyses of current political events, American culture and the ups and downs of everyday life are presented with the seriousness and simultaneously with the ridicule they deserve. Hilarious and depressing, fast-paced and thoughtful, entertaining and enlightening; Keith Knight’s presentation will stick with me for quite some time.”
-Jens Bonk, PhD Student, Osnabrück University

View more cartoons from the slideshow here.

Check out a 7-minute mini-doc of Keef here.

Previous Appearances:

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  • Central District Forum, Seattle
  • Hollywood Improv
  • University of Osnabrueck, Germany
  • American Library Association National Convention
  • University of Arizona at Tucson
  • University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Maryville College, Tennessee
  • University of Goettingen, Germany
  • Alameda County Juvenile Hall
  • Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • University of Siegen, Germany
  • University of Bremen, Germany
  • Studio Museum in Harlem/Columbia University
  • Sonoma State University
  • Cartoon Art Museum San Francisco
  • Club Voltaire, Tuebingen, Germany
  • University of North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham
  • San Diego Comic Convention
  • State University of New York, Binghamton
  • Alternative Press Expo, San Francisco
  • Evergreen College, Olympia, Washington
  • Afropunk National Tour
  • McSweeney’s vs. They Might Be Giants National Tour
  • Small Press Expo, Bethesda, Maryland
  • San Francisco State University
  • Ohio State Cartoon Research Library, Columbus, Ohio
  • Staple Small Press Convention, Austin, Texas
  • University of Illinois, Champaign, Urbana
  • University of North Carolina, Raleigh-Durham
  • The Forum, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Google Headquarters
  • University of South Florida, Tampa
  • Brooklyn Book Fair

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