Multicultural Student Life

10th Annual Black Issues Conference

STAND YOUR GROUND: The State of Black America Today.
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Join us for the 10th Annual Black Issues Conference, coordinated by Multicultural Student Life and the UTK Chapter of NAACP! The purpose of this conference is to offer a forum for research and discussion of issues affecting the African-American community. The Black Issues Conference features an outstanding keynote speaker and workshops. This year’s theme is “Stand Your Ground: The State of Black America Today.” The host and managing editor of TV One's NewsOne Now, Roland Martin, will be our keynote speaker. The conference is open to everyone, and is scheduled for Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the Carolyn P. Brown University Center. For more information, email

The BIC is at capacity, and registration is closed.

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2015 Charlie Lemmons Keynote Speaker: Roland S. Martin
A Fresh Perspective for the 21st Century

Over the course of a journalistic career that has seen him interview multiple U.S. presidents, top athletes, and entertainers in Hollywood, Roland S. Martin is a journalist who has always maintained a clear sense of his calling in this world.

Martin is the host and managing editor of TV One's NewsOne Now, the first daily morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. NewsOne Now starts weekdays via its radio platform at 7AM/ET, airing on Radio One network stations in select U.S. Markets, and then transitions to TV One at 9AM/ET.

Martin is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, and is senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations by 8 million people daily.

He is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; 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.

He is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner; and has been named by Ebony Magazine on three occasions as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. Martin spent six years as a contributor for CNN, appearing on numerous shows and earning accolades near and far for his no-holds honesty, conviction and perspective on various issues. In 2009, CNN was awarded the Peabody Award for its outstanding 2008 election coverage, of which Martin was a member of the Best Political Team on Television. Martin has been named one of the top 50 political pundits by The Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom, and has appeared numerous times on a variety of American networks, as well as media outlets in Canada, Columbia, Italy, Australia, and South Africa.

Roland Martin 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.

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