Dr. Keon Pettiway is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, Media, and Theatre Arts at Eastern Michigan University. He focuses his teaching, scholarship, and service on rhetoric and social change, race, postcolonial identity, and design culture. His research primarily explores the following areas: social protest movements, visual rhetoric of photography, Black cultural expression, health and ecological risk, and designing public spaces for civic engagement. Pettiway is passionate about helping students acquire critical and creative skills to be change agents and advocates for social justice and equity in their respective communities. Dr. Pettiway is the co-principal investigator of the Virtual Martin Luther King project (vMLK) along with Dr. Victoria Gallagher (PI). Recently, his work has been supported by the North Carolina Humanities Council, EMU Summer Research/Creativity Activity Award, and the EMU Faculty Research Fellowship.