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Novelist Mosley to speak at Knox College commencement

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Acclaimed novelist Walter Mosley will speak at Knox College's commencement on Sunday, June 5. He will also be awarded an honorary degree from the college.

Acclaimed novelist Walter Mosley will speak at Knox College’s commencement ceremony on June 5.

He joins a long list of distinguished speakers at Knox’s commencement, from then-Senator Barack Obama to former secretary of state Madeleine Albright to comedian Stephen Colbert.

Mosley is the author of more than 60 books, including a series featuring the detective Easy Rawlins.

Several of his works have been adapted for film and television.

He’s also a playwright and founder of the Publishing Certificate Program at the City University of New York, which addresses diversity issues in the publishing industry.

Among the writer’s many achievements are an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, several NAACP Image awards, and the Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award from the National Book Foundation.

Mosley will be awarded an honorary degree from Knox, as will Joy Buolamwini, an award-winning researcher and founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, and Barbara Stewart, former CEO of AmericCorps.

Knox also is preparing for the inauguration of its 20th president, C. Andrew McGadney.

The inauguration ceremony is planned for Friday, May 6.

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