M.K. Asante delivered the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. keynote lecture, "The Dream (Remix)" on Tuesday January 19, 5:00 p.m. in the Villanova Room, Connelly Center.
M.K. Asante is a bestselling author and award-winning filmmaker who CNN calls "a master storyteller and major creative force."The author of four celebrated books, Asante's new book, Buck, a memoir about his youth in Philadelphia, will be published by Random House in 2013.
Asante directed The Black Candle, a Starz TV movie he co-wrote with Maya Angelou who also narrates the prize-winning film. He was awarded the Key to the City of Dallas, TX after a screening of The Black Candle. He also wrote and produced the film 500 Years Later, winner of five international film festival awards, and produced the multi award-winning film Motherland.
Asante studied at the University of London, earned a BA from Lafayette College, and an MFA from the UCLA School of Film and Television. Asante has toured over 30 countries as well as throughout the United States at hundreds of colleges, universities, libraries, concerts, and festivals.
Asante's essays on art, technology, and culture have been published in USA Today, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Times. Asante is a tenured professor of creative writing and film in the Department of English and Language Arts at Morgan State University.