NPR Correspondent Juan Williams to Speak at Mason Today

Posted: February 2, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Juan Williams, an award-winning journalist, documentary writer and senior correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), will be the featured speaker at today’s Martin Luther King celebration at the Fairfax Campus.

The theme of the program is “Empowering Community: Realizing the Vision.” The speech will be presented in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.

Williams replaces Kevin Powell, who had to cancel his appearance because of illness.

In 2000, NPR selected Williams to host the afternoon show, “Talk of the Nation.” In two years, he brought the show’s rating to record heights. In addition to his work with NPR, Williams has gained widespread critical acclaim for his work on a series of documentaries, including “Politics-The New Black Power.” He has written articles for Fortune, Ebony and GQ, and received an Emmy for documentary film writing.

The day’s events begin at 10:30 a.m. with a read-in and discussion, facilitated by faculty members Rutledge Dennis and Marilyn Mobley. The discussion will focus on such topics as community, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Dream” and Powell’s book, “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight? Manhood, Race and Power in America.” The campus community is invited to take part in this forum, which will occur in the Robeson Room of the Johnson Center.

At 1 p.m., the Anointed Voice of Unity Gospel Choir and other campus NAACP organizations will lead participants on a symbolic unity march. The march will start in the Student Union Building II lobby and end at Dewberry Hall in the Johnson Center.

At 1:15 p.m., there will be a choral prelude before the main program begins.

A national and international cultural exhibit of the educational memorabilia of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights era will be on display in Dewberry Hall all day. Presented by Carlton Funn Sr., the exhibit is designed to promote awareness, human dignity and cultural understanding.

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