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Sheila Smith McKoy

speaker location icon North Carolina, USA

Anti-Hazing Activist

Professor of Literature and Africana Studies

Author, "When Whites Riot: Writing, Race and Violence in American and South African Cultures" (2001)

Sheila Smith McKoy is a literary critic, documentary filmmaker, poet and fiction writer. As a scholar, her work focuses on African and African Diaspora cultures, race and racial violence. Smith McKoy is an anti-hazing activist whose son, Raymond, is a survivor of a particularly violent and life-altering experience with fraternity hazing.

Smith McKoy is an associate professor of English and Africana Studies at North Carolina State University where she directs the university’s Africana Studies Program. An alumna of North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and Duke University, where she was the first person of African descent to receive a PhD in English in 1994.

Sheila’s book, “When Whites Riot: Writing Race and Violence in American and South African Cultures” (U of Wisconsin Press, 2001), reflects her interest in the relationships among African and African Diaspora cultures. Smith McKoy’s critical work, poetry and fiction has appeared in numerous journals and collections. She is writer, director and producer of the two documentary films, “Saint Agnes: The Untold Story and Opening Doors: The Lives and Legacies of Dr. Lawrence M. Clark and Dr. Augustus M. Witherspoon”. Dr. Smith McKoy also has a special interest in healing and healing traditions, especially those grounded in African traditional knowledge. An active and avid anti-hazing activist, Dr. Smith McKoy’s anti-hazing work is documented in the 2012 TEDx lecture entitled “Hazing, Connection and the Violence of Belonging.”

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"Sheila Smith McKoy speaks about the tragedies of hazing, and the impact it can have mentally, and physically on someone’s life . The story of her son, who is a survivor of violent hazing, is emotional and impactful. Throughout her presentation, she also analyses race and racial violence."

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