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The Life of Keith Boykin


The Life of Keith Boykin

Keith Boykin

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About Keith Boykin:

Keith Boykin was born August 28, 1965 on the anniversary of the March on Washington. Mr. Boykin grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but attended high school in Clearwater, Florida. He later graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

Keith Boykin, Political Activist:

Keith Boykin began his political career as an aide for the Michael Dukakis Presidential Campaign in 1987, after graduating from Darmouth. He later entered Harvard Law School and became the general editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. In 1992 he joined the Clinton/Gore Presidential Campaign and was later appointed Special Assistant to the President and Director of Specialty Media and served as Executive Director of the National Black Lesbian and Gay Leadership Forum.
Keith Boykin became the highest ranking openly gay person in the Clinton Administration.

From December 2003 until April 2006, Boykin served as president of the board of the National Black Justice Coalition.

Keith Boykin, Best Selling Author:

Boykin left the White House to publish his first book, One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America(1996). His sophomore title, Respecting the Soul was published in 1999. In 2005, Boykin received national acclaim for his controversial New York Times bestseller, Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies and Denial in Black America, an in-dept look at the down low situation in the African-American community.

Keith Boykin, Lecturer:

Keith Boykin taught political science at American University in Washington, D.C. from 1999 to 2001.

Keith Boykin, In the Press:

Keith Boykin has made numerous guest appearances on VH1, BET, CNN, Fox News, NPR, the Dennis Miller Show, Tom Joyner Morning Show, Tony Brown's Journal and Anderson Cooper 360. He's also been featured on the cover of A&U, Out and The Advocate. In 2004 he was selected as one of Out Magazine's 100 most intriguing people.

Keith Boykin, In Syndication:

Keith Boykin has a syndicated column in several U.S. publications, including New York Blade, the Washington Blade, The Southern Voice and The Houston Voice. He is also the co-host of "My Two Cents" on the BET an runs a daily commentary at keithboykin.com.

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