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Thu., Jan. 16, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

Chuck D speaks to crowd at SFCC

 Chuck D – the iconic rap pioneer and cultural antagonist extraordinaire – was peeking out from the wings at a Spokane crowd Wednesday, pondering what he called “my elder statesman role.”

“I was an elder statesman even when I was a younger elder statesman,” he said.

He felt, in other words, ready to speak out, ready to disrupt and ready to lead despite the fact that he was in his 20s when his rap career started. Many of the central leaders in the civil rights movement were also young when they took on brave, important leadership roles.

“They were young!” he said. “Dr. King and Malcolm X – they were assassinated at 39! Today, someone who’s 35 might not feel they’re old enough.” Read more. Shawn Vestal, SR

What is the relationship between age and leadership?

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.