At ‘Exemplary’ YPSILANTI: Kwame Kilpatrick speaking at Eastern Michigan University Next Week; Officials Say it’s Not a School-Sponsored Speech

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(Courtesy of The Ypsilanti Courier)

One of Michigan’s best-known political figures will be at Eastern Michigan University next week, the Eastern Echo is reporting.

Kwame Kilpatrick, the former mayor of Detroit who spent more than a year in prison on obstruction of justice charges, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Student Center Ballroom. The event is being hosted by B.L.A.C.K. – Black Leaders Aspiring for Critical Knowledge, who invited Kilpatrick to speak.

EMU officials released a statement regarding Kilpatrick’s event, saying the university is not providing any funds to him and that B.L.A.C.K. is hosting the event in line with EMU’s speaker policy.

“The appearance of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is not a university-sponsored event an the university is not providing any funding to Mr. Kilpatrick,” a statement by the university reads. “Similar to many universities, Eastern has a policy allowing student organizations to determine programming based on their own interests and agenda.”

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