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Rapper Chuck D to kick off 2006 Honors Colloquium

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Songs of Social Justice, the Rhetoric of Music

KINGSTON, R.I. -- August 31, 2006 -- Rapper Chuck D, founder of Public Enemy, launches the University of Rhode Islandís 2006 Honors Colloquium, on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. The semester-long series, Songs of Social Justice, the Rhetoric of Music, examines how music is used as a means of expression, persuasion, and mobilization. All events are free and open to the public.

The legendary rapper will speak about the political power of hip-hop in Edwards Auditorium on URIís main campus in Kingston.

Born Carlton Douglas Ridenhour on Long Island, N.Y., Chuck D delivers powerful messages about race, rage, reality, and inequality that reached all segments of the population. As the lyricist and main vocalist of Public Enemy, he was the focal point of two seminal and controversial rap albums, Fear of a Black Planet and It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back. The rapper is also an actor, author, producer, and radio personality.

He hosted and narrated the PBS documentary, Get Up, Stand Up, which chronicled the vital role that popular music has played in the ongoing struggle for social justice.

Visit for the colloquium schedule and directions. For more information, contact the URI Honors Center at 401-874-2303 or

Major sponsors for the series are The Providence Journal, the URI Division of University Advancement, the URI Honors Program, the URI Office of the President, and the URI Office of the Provost.