Hugs Guy’ to visit Lincoln College campus
Ken E. Nwadike, Jr., Will be Excellence in
Leadership Speaker September 19th
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[September 17, 2017]
- The Lincoln College Student Government Association and Student
Activities Board will be hosting peace activist, inspirational
speaker, and video journalist, Ken E. Nwadike Jr. on Tuesday,
September 19, as part of the Lincoln College Excellence in
Leadership speaker series.
Popularly known as the Free Hugs Guy, Nwadike is the
founder of the Free Hugs Project, which he launched in 2014 to
spread love in response to the bombing of the Boston Marathon. The
project gained popularity as Nwadike made major news headlines for
his peacekeeping efforts and de-escalation of violence during
protests, riots, and political rallies. Nwadike was featured in
Google’s 2016 Year in Search video as a highlight among some of the
year’s most defining moments and he has made many appearances on
news programs, including CNN, USA Today, Good Morning Britain, and
Nwadike’s talks often detail his former homelessness and his own
efforts to overcome insecurities by getting involved in
extracurricular activities in school. He also has discussed the
support he received from coaches, teammates, and friends while
playing sports and participating in student government activities.
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Nwadike will spend much of the day getting to know the campus and
interacting with various student groups. He will end with a keynote that will
create unity and build community, reminding students and the Lincoln community
we are all human beings in need of love.
His keynote lecture will be at 7:00 p.m. on September 19 in the Jack D. Nutt
Arena located in the Lincoln Center. This event is open to the public.
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