Thought you might want to
hear National Public Radio’s and Fox News Channel’s
commentator/journalist Juan Williams as part of his Tuesday [Sept.
21] visit to Slippery Rock University – or grab a quick
interview before his 6 p.m. lecture.
Williams, author of the
non-fiction bestseller “Eyes on the Prize: America’s
Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965” and Emmy winner for TV
documentary writing, opens the university’s multi-part
lecture and discussion series focused on reflections on the
50th anniversary of “Brown v. Board of Education:
50 Years of Progress and Struggle.” His lecture is set
for 6 p.m. in Swope Music Hall.
Brown v. Board of Education is the
unanimous 1954 U.S. Supreme Court landmark decision that began
bringing an end to “separate but equal” education
systems for whites and blacks across the U.S. The case was brought
by Oliver Brown who objected to having his 8-year-old daughter,
Linda, attend a black school two miles from the family home, while
a white school was located just five blocks away. Brown originally
sued the Topeka, Kan., school board before the case worked its way
to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The series is designed to focus on
societal changes that have resulted from the ruling as well as
expose students to the importance of diversity and equality in
Williams, host of
“America’s Black Forum,” seen on the Fox News
Channel, and frequently heard on NPR and as a regular panelist on
Fox News Sunday, began his journalism career at The Washington
Post. He has written for Fortune, Atlantic Monthly, Ebony,
Gentlemen’s Quarter and The New Republic.
Mr. Williams will be
available to meet with the press at 5 p.m. in Room 203 of the
University Union (next door to Swope.) Those interested should call
K.E. Schwab -- PN, PgN, WPN, PR,
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