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  Name:   Keith Boykin
Month: November 2003
Schools: Dartmouth College, '87 B.A.
Harvard Law, '92 J.D.
Title: Author, Lecturer, Activist

Keith Boykin is one of America's leading commentators on issues of race and sexual orientation.

A frequent presence on television, he is a former award-winning adjunct professor of government at American University, former special assistant to President Clinton, Harvard Law School graduate, popular lecturer, online columnist, and published author of several books and articles.

Keith is author of the Lambda Literary Award-winning book, Respecting the Soul: Daily Reflections for Black Lesbians and Gays, and One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America, which was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award.

As Special Assistant to the President of the United States, Keith was the highest-ranking openly gay person in the Clinton White House where he helped to organize and participated in the nation's first meeting between gay and lesbian leaders and a U.S. President. Keith served for two and a half years as the Executive Director of the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum, a nationwide nonprofit organization.

He has appeared on numerous media programs, including CNN, Fox, NPR, BET's "Our Voices with Bev Smith," and "This Is America with Dennis Wholey," and he has appeared frequently on "BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley." He has also been featured or quoted in articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, St. Louis Post Dispatch, Tampa Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, and JET magazine.

His writings are also published in several other books, including The Politics of Gay Rights (2000), Dangerous Liaisons (1999), Gay Men at the Millennium (1997) and Atonement (1996), and he also worked on the book, 100 Successful College Application Essays. He has written for the San Francisco Chronicle, the St. Petersburg Times, Black Issues Book Review, The Advocate magazine, and other publications. He writes a column for and is the founder of BLARE, an online magazine of Black LGBT literature, film, music and art

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Keith was a general editor of the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review. Keith received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College, where he was editor-in-chief of The Dartmouth daily newspaper, the oldest college newspaper in America, and served as president of the corporation that owned the newspaper.

He has traveled to eleven countries and 48 of the 50 United States. He lives in New York.

Keith Boykin
P.O. Box 1229
New York, NY 10037



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