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Free Hugs Project coming to Tech

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Peace activist Ken E. Nwadike Jr., known as the Free Hugs Guy, will be at Tennessee Tech Thursday, Nov. 9.

Published Monday Oct 30, 2017

The Free Hugs Project is coming to Tennessee Tech University Thursday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. in the Tech Pride Room of the Roaden University Center for Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

Ken E. Nwadike Jr. is a peace activist, video journalist and YouTube personality best known as the Free Hugs Guy online. He is the founder of the Free Hugs Project, which produces motivational videos to spread love, inspire change and raise awareness of social issues. His ‘Free Hugs’ videos have reached hundreds of millions of views on Facebook and YouTube.

As a former homeless student athlete, Nwadike overcame many challenges to now own Superhero Events, an event production company that raises funds and awareness for homeless teens.

Mix It Up at Lunch Day is part of a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program.

This service-learning project, which seeks to challenge participants to think critically about race relations, ethnicity and social boundaries, is a Center Stage event made possible by the university’s general education fund. It is free and open to the public. Food and drink will be provided.

The Roaden University Center is located at 1000 N. Dixie Ave.

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