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A Conversation on Race featuring Roland S. Martin

“Race/Racism and the Continual Challenge for Blacks and Whites to Acknowledge and Accept its Impact on Our Lives”

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 2pm

Kochoff Hall, University Center




 Roland Martin at UM-Dearborn


Please join the University of Michigan-Dearborn in welcoming Roland S. Martin, prize winning journalist, commentator, and noted author as the keynote presenter for a Conversation on Race. The event will begin at 2pm in Kochoff Hall of the University Center.

A nationally syndicated columnist, Martin is the author of Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith, and Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America, and “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.”

Mr. Martin is host of the TV One Cable Network  “Washington Watch with Roland Martin,” a one-hour Sunday morning news show. He is also a CNN Analyst, appearing on a variety of the network’s shows.



About Roland S. Martin


Roland Martin at UM-DearbornBorn in Houston, Texas, He is a 1987 graduate of Jack Yates High School-Magnet School of Communications, and a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism. In May 2008, Martin received a master’s degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University. He is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living. They reside in Washington, D.C.

Named by Ebony Magazine in 2008, 2009 and 2010 as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States, he is the 2009 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview.” He is the 2008 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Sen. Barack Obama Interview.”

Martin, named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom, was also awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms. In 2008, he was also inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor.

He has won more than 30 professional awards for journalistic excellence, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television News Directors; top reporting honors from the National Association of Black Journalists; the National Association of Minorities in Cable. and the National Associated Press-Managing Editors Conference.

 From October 2005 to October 2008, he served as a radio talk show for WVON-AM in Chicago, first as mid-day host and later as morning drive host.

He is the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender, the nation’s most historic Black newspaper. He is the former founding news editor for Savoy Magazine under the team of New York-based Vanguarde Media, and the former founding editor of

Mr. Martin is a life member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

He has been awarded honorary degrees from Florida Memorial University, University of Maryland-University College and Lemoyne-Owen College.


About A Conversation on Race

The Conversation on Race: Voices of a New Generation program is an ongoing series designed to promote open, honest discussion about racial issues from past to present and is supported by the Student Activities Office and the Chancellor's Office. As we continue to examine key issues significant to the progression of our community, you are welcome to take part in today's program. Many individuals have found past CORs to be very relevant to experiences in various settings, as well as daily on/off campus interactions.

For more information on this and future diversity related events, please contact the Student Activities Office at 313.593.5390.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers' views.