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Keith "Keef" Knight

Keith "Keef" Knight

Award-Winning Artist & Subject of the Hulu Series, Woke

Biography

Keith Knight is one of the funniest and most highly regarded cartoonists in America, and the creator of three popular comic strips: the Knight Life, (th)ink, and the K Chronicles. His life and cartoons are the inspiration of the Hulu streaming-series Woke, which he also co-created. Read More >

For nearly three decades, this multi-award-winning artist has brought the funny back to the funny pages with a uniquely personal style that’s a cross between Calvin & Hobbes, MAD, and underground comix.

Keith Knight is part of a generation of African-American artists who were raised on hip-hop. Artists who infuse their work with urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics and race. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including the New Yorker, the Washington Post, Daily KOS, San Francisco Chronicle, Medium.com, Ebony, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine, and the Funny Times.

His comic strip slideshow presentations on America's racial illiteracy and police brutality have garnered accolades, including a Comic Con Inkpot, a Belle Foundation Grant, and an NAACP History Maker Award. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Keith Knight: In Conversation | Library of Congress

Race in America | University of Delaware

On ‘Woke’ | The Real News Network

Red, White, Black, and Blue | Society of Illustrators

Speech Topics

Red, White, Black & Blue: A Cartoonist Addresses America’s Racial Illiteracy

Culled from over 25 years of his award-winning work, RED, WHITE, BLACK AND BLUE: Highlighting America’s Racial Illiteracy is a Power point presentation from nationally syndicated cartoonist Keith Knight (the Knight Life, the K Chronicles, (th)ink). Combining comics, humor, storytelling, statistics, and just plain facts, Knight makes the case that America’s biggest problem is its inability to have a frank and honest discussion about race. And if it wants to be the country it aspires to be, it needs to come to terms with its ugly history. Read More >

Keith Knight’s presentations are infused with urgency, humor, satire, politics, and race. His work is designed to provoke constructive, civil dialogue amongst people young and old, left and right, of all colors and orientations.

Here’s what happens: You fly Keef in, and he wows your campus/town/school/library/church or community center with a powerpoint/storytelling presentation showcasing some of his most powerfully moving, darkest, and funniest cartoons. Addressing issues of race, police brutality, Black history, and the importance of social activism — teetering between high brow ideals and low-brow humor. Followed by a Q&A and booksigning. Keef also can present virtually via Zoom. Read Less ^

Lessons from Woke

The Intersection of Art & Social Justice