Ken E. Nwadike Jr

Date:Jun 06, 2012

Free Hugs Project

ARTVSM – Confronting Racism – Leadership – Community Engagement – Orientation – Social Justice – Loving Kindness – Civility


In this fun, creative and interactive program Ken brings his “Free Hugs Project” to engage students in conversations of understanding, and compassion amidst the rising tide of hatred and racism.  Ken will interact with students throughout the day, using props, games and hugs to transform the campus atmosphere with his loving presence. The event concludes with a keynote address that will explore how to overcome the differences that divide us.  The goal of this program is to create unity and build community on your campus, and remind students that we are all humans in need of love.


Ken E. Nwadike Jr is a peace activist, video journalist and YouTube personality best known as the Free Hugs Guy online. Nwadike Jr 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.

“Thank you so much for recommending and sending Ken Nwadike and his Free Hugs Project to our campus.  In 12 years of arranging campus speakers I’ve never had one who connected so well with students that they were immediately pleading with me to schedule him for next year.  Great speaker. Great program. Terrific response.” Ron Singleton, Limestone College



“AMAZING! STUPENDOUS! EYE OPENING! INSPIRATIONAL! AWESOME!” Those are words students used. It was a pleasure to work with him.”  Austin L. Duckett/Assistant Dean for Student Life Widener University


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