MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas-raised, Oscar-winning screenwriter, Kevin Willmott, spoke on Thursday, at Kansas State University, to close out the all-day engagement symposium called "The Art of Democracy,"
The presentation was streamed to many locations on campus, due to the overflowing audience in the Bluemont Room in K-State's Student Union.
Three Kansas Community Colleges were also streaming Kevin's speech for their students to watch. Dodge City, HIghland and Hutchinson Community Colleges were able to watch the presentation and submit questions electronically for the question and answer session that followed.
His presentation was titled, "BlacKkKlansman: A Response to the Resurgence of Overt Racism in America Today"
During his presentation, the trailer for his film, BlacKkKlansman, was shown and he then explained the idea behind making the movie.
“The idea of the film was always take hate and not apologize for it, not try to tone it down, not try to make it acceptable in any kind of way.” Oscar-winning screenwriter and KU professor of film and media studies, Kevin Willmott said, of his film.
His presentation was followed by a question and answer session, allowing interaction from the audience members both in the presentation room and at the community colleges watching via live-stream.