Social Justice through Hip Hop Topic of Racial Legacies and Learning Program

Photo of Aisha Fukushima with the ocean in the background
Miami University Regionals is pleased to announce Aisha Fukushima as the keynote speaker for the thirty-third Racial Legacies and Learning Lecture Series.

The program, titled “The World Is Yours: Reflections of a Global RAPtivist,” takes place on Tuesday, October 18 at 7 p.m. in the Dave Finkelman Auditorium at Miami Regionals’ Middletown campus. A reception will follow the lecture.

Aisha Fukushima is a singer, poet and self-proclaimed RAPtivist (rap activist). She graduated from Whitman College in 2009 with an honors degree in Rhetoric and Film Studies and minors in French and Gender Studies. Upon graduating, Aisha traveled the world on a Watson Fellowship to work with leading artists and created the RAPtivism project. A global hip hop project spanning ten countries and four continents. Having lived in cities as diverse as Bangalore, Casablanca, London Daker, Cape Town and Copenhagen, she is constantly working to expand her knowledge of the intersections between hip hop and social justice around the globe.

In 2012, Fukushima released her global “RAPtivism” compilation album featuring more than 20 leading political hip hop acts from around the world including Black Noise (South Africa), Positive Black Soul (Senegal) and DJ Noize (Denmark). Her work has been featured by Oprah Magazine, KQED Public Television, The Seattle Times, TV 2M Morocco, The Bangalore Mirror, and HYPE South Africa’s #1 Hip Hop Magazine.

"Aisha's message will engage the audience to participate and includes performances by students from both Hamilton High School and Middletown High School,” said Bennyce Hamilton, Miami Regionals’ Director of Diversity & Multicultural Services.

This program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Go to for more information or to reserve tickets. Miami University Middletown is located at 4200 N. University Blvd.