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Eastern Michigan University student group to host Kwame Kilpatrick speech

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Embattled former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will speak about “redemption and second chances” on November 29th @ 7:00 PM at Eastern Michigan University Student Center Ballroom. 
The event was put together by the members of Black Leaders Aspiring for Critical Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K.). 
Nicholas Patterson, president of Black Leaders Aspiring for Critical Knowledge, sent out an email to certain members of the campus community announcing the event.
Nicholas Patterson, president of the organization stated to the Eastern Echo, the event is to “increase awareness of second chances.”
Kwame Kilpatrick is expected to briefly speak about “what he did, why he did it, and the road to redemption.”
The former mayor is facing new Federal allegations, as outlined in the Detroit Free Press on November 17th. Federal officials charged that Kilpatrick pocketed $10,000 in a bribe that took place in a restaurant bathroom.
Despite the pending charges, B.L.A.C.K. believe that individuals attending the event should be open to hear Kilpatrick's story.
“We believe that Mr. Kilpatrick is the perfect person to speak about second chances and that this event will help somebody, if not now, in the near future,” Patterson told the Echo. "Everyone, at some point in their life needs a second chance and/or redemption period,” he stated.

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