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Renowned Journalist Juan Williams Speaks at 23rd Annual Celebration for Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

January 22, 2009

Juan Williams, one of America’s leading journalists, will be the keynote speaker for the 23rd annual Celebration for Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., at Bentley University on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 8:00 a.m., in the Executive Dining Room in the LaCava Center.

Williams, an accomplished author, radio and television correspondent, is a senior correspondent at National Public Radio (NPR), has written at length for The Washington Post, appears regularly as a contributor on Fox News, and is an Emmy Award winner.  He appears regularly on the NPR newsmagazines "Morning Edition" and "Day to Day" as a news analyst. From 2000-2001, Williams hosted NPR's national call-in show “Talk of the Nation.”  In that role, he brought the program to cities and towns across America for monthly radio "town hall" meetings before live audiences. The town hall meetings were a part of "The Changing Face of America," a year-long NPR series focused on how Americans are dealing with rapid changes in society and culture as the United States enters the 21st century. The series, supported by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, involves monthly pieces airing on “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” and “Talk of the Nation.”

Williams is the author of the critically acclaimed biography “Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary,” which was released in paperback in February 2000. He is also the author of the nonfiction bestseller “Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965,” the companion volume to the critically acclaimed television series. “This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience” appeared in February 2003. This book was the basis for a six-part public broadcasting TV documentary that aired in June 2003. In 2004, Williams became involved with AARP's Voices of Civil Rights project, leading a veteran team of reporters and editors in the production of “My Soul Looks Back in Wonder: Voices of the Civil Rights Experience.” The book presents the harrowing and haunting eyewitness accounts of some 50 activists who served as foot soldiers and field generals in the Civil Rights Movement. In his 2006 book, “Enough,” Williams makes the case that while there is still racism, it is way past time for black Americans to open their eyes to the "culture of failure" that exists within their community.

During his 21-year career at The Washington Post, Williams served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist, and White House reporter. He has won an Emmy award for TV documentary writing and won widespread critical acclaim for a series of documentaries including "Politics - The New Black Power."  Articles by Williams have appeared in magazines ranging from Newsweek, Fortune, and The Atlantic Monthly to Ebony, Gentlemen's Quarterly, and The New Republic.

Williams continues to be a contributing political analyst for the Fox News Channel and a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday. He has also appeared on numerous television programs including “Nightline,” “Washington Week in Review,” “Oprah,” CNN's “Crossfire” (where he frequently served as co-host), and “Capitol Gang Sunday.”

Williams was born in Colón, Panama. A graduate of Haverford College, he received a bachelor of arts in philosophy in 1976. Williams sits on a number of boards including the Haverford College Board of Trustees, the Aspen Institute of Communications and Society Program, Washington Journalism Center and the New York Civil Rights Coalition.

Space is limited for this event and admission is by reservation only. Kindly RSVP to 781.891.2001 or jleccese@bentley.edu.  The event is sponsored by the President’s Office, Multicultural Center, Spiritual Life Center, and Alumni Relations.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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