Keith Knight, Gentleman Cartoonist

Keith Knight will visit the University of Illinois on Thursday February 8 and Friday February 9 for two guest lectures.

Art @ the Y presents: (Fear) of a Black Marker: The Comic Strip Art of Keith Knight. On view January 16 - February 2024 at the University YMCA.


Art @ the Y Exhibition

(FEAR) OF A BLACK MARKER: The Comic Strip Art of Keith Knight

  • Date: Thursday, February 8, 2024
  • Time: 5:00-7:00 PM, Keith's Remarks at 5:30 PM
  • Location: University YMCA, Murphy Lounge, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign


Friday Forum x Conversation Café Series

Cartooning Can Save the World! A comic strip slideshow by Keith Knight

  • Date: Friday, February 9, 2024
  • Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
  • Location: University YMCA, Latzer Hall, 1001 S. Wright St., Champaign



About Keith Knight

Keith Knight is many things–rapper, social activist, father and educator among them. He is also one of the funniest and most highly regarded cartoonists in America.

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, infusing their work with urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics and race. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including the Washington Post, the New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, the Nib, Ebony, ESPN the MagazineMAD Magazine, and the Funny Times .

In 2020, the world was introduced to Knight’s work in a whole new way–as the inspiration for the live-action streaming television series, Woke, courtesy of Hulu. Knight serves as a co-creator, writer, and executive producer on the show.

Special Thank You to our Sponsors!


These events are being hosted by Diversity and Social Justice Education and the University YMCA, sponsored in part by:

  • Center for Advanced Study
  • Center for Global Studies and the US Department of Education Title VI Grant
  • Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • College of ACES
  • Counseling Center
  • Department of Religion
  • Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Education Justice Project
  • First Presbyterian Church of Champaign
  • Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
  • Humanities Research Institute
  • Latina/Latino Studies
  • League of Women Voters of Champaign County
  • Office of Minority Student Affairs
  • Office of the Provost
  • Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • School of Social Work
  • Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Urbana-Champaign
  • Student Cultural Programming Fee
  • Urbana-Champaign Friends Meeting
  • Urbana-Champaign Reproductive Justice
  • Women in Gender and Global Perspectives Program
  • Women's Resources Center