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January 18, 2018

Trotter Lecture to feature Janet Mock, Amiyah Scott

January 8, 2018

Trotter Lecture to feature Janet Mock, Amiyah Scott

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Acclaimed author Janet Mock and actor Amiyah Scott will serve as keynote speakers for the Trotter Multicultural Center's fourth annual W.M. Trotter Lecture.

Janet Mock

Amiyah Scott

The lecture, which will take place from 6-9 p.m. Feb. 8 in Rackham Auditorium, is free and open to the public. To register for the event, visit myumi.ch/6wXrZ. Space is limited.

Mock is the author of two memoirs: "Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More," which chronicles her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor and trans in America, and "Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me."

She is the host of the conversation series, "Never Before," and a contributing editor and columnist for Allure magazine. Mock founded the Twitter hashtag #GirlsLikeUs, which "began as a means to connect all willing trans women across colors, generations, sexual identities and class," according to Mock's website.

Scott, a transgender actor and model, currently plays "Cotton" in Lee Daniels' new Fox series, "Star," which follows the story of a group of girls as they navigate the music business.

Through their work and activism, both Mock and Scott advocate on behalf of and shine a light on trans women's lives.

Mock and Scott will participate in a Q&A session after their presentations.

This year's Trotter lecture will center the narratives and lives of trans and non-binary individuals, Trotter Program Manager Jessica Thompson said.

"What we want is for (Mock and Scott) to share their truth, share their journey in the best way that they feel comfortable sharing that, and then speak to the work that they are doing regarding activism because we know that activism is a big part of what's happening right now on this campus."

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