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NPR Journalist Juan Williams Boldly Addresses Black Leadership in America

posted on 01/31/2007

In celebration of Black History Month, Eckerd College presents award-winning NPR journalist and author Juan Williams who will give a talk based on his recent book entitled, Enough - The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America - and What We Can Do About It, on Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Fox Hall. A book signing will follow. Williams is the senior correspondent for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, a political analyst for Fox Television, and a regular panelist for FoxNews Sunday.

This lecture is free and open to the public and is part of the Presidential Events Series, The Ethics of Economic Globalization, and College Program Series. Call 727-864-7979 or e-mail events@eckerd.edu for more information. Mr. Williams' visit is sponsored by the Eckerd College Afro-American Society; media sponsor is WUSF Public Broadcasting.

About Juan Williams
Juan Williams is the senior correspondent for National Public Radio's "Morning Edition," a political analyst for Fox Television, and a regular panelist for FoxNews Sunday. In addition to prize-winning columns and editorial writing for The Washington Post, he has also authored six books.

With the release of his sixth book, Enough - The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America - and What We Can Do About It, Williams has created a national furor and ignited debate everywhere with his point blank analysis of black leadership in this country. He combines a bold, perceptive, solution-based look at African-American life, culture, and politics with an impassioned clarion call to do the right thing now and not lose sight of the true values of the Civil Rights Movement.

His previous book, My Soul Looks Back in Wonder, presents stirring, eyewitness accounts of history-making movements for Black, Hispanic, and Women's rights, as well as other successes at creating a better America. Previous books include the nonfiction bestseller, Eyes on the Prize, and the critically acclaimed biography, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary, which The New York Times selected as a notable book of the year. TIME magazine described American Revolutionary as a "magisterial" work of American history, and the book was reissued in 2004 with a new epilogue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic Board vs. Brown decision. His other books include I'll Find a Way or Make One, A Tribute to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and This Far By Faith, a history of the Black religious experience in America - which was accompanied by a six-part PBS series.

As one of the nation's most influential journalists, Williams is in constant contact with American political leaders from the President to members of Congress and the Supreme Court. His understanding of American history and his inside access to Washington politics gives him a unique and informed voice as an analyst of current events.

In 2000, NPR selected Williams to host their afternoon talk show, Talk of The Nation, and in two years he brought the show's ratings to record heights. His daring perspectives on American politics, race, and culture are based on his historical understanding, political expertise, and knowledge of diversity.

Prior to writing bestsellers, Williams was a political columnist and national correspondent for The Washington Post. During his 21-year career, he won several journalism awards for his writing and investigative reporting and an Emmy Award for TV documentary writing. Williams was given widespread, critical acclaim for a series of documentaries including Politics - The New Black Power. His documentary on A. Phillip Randolph was featured on PBS.

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