Friday, January 4, 2013
UWG’s 4th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Program will feature renowned journalist and talk show host, Angela Robinson. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion will host this free public event on Thursday, Jan. 17. at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.
“Each year the center tries to develop a different theme that epitomizes the ideals of Dr. King and leaders of the civil rights movement,” said Deirdre Haywood-Rouse, acting director for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. “We also make sure the program is student centered by involving students in the program while emphasizing service to the community.”
Emmy award winning broadcast journalist Angela Robinson is currently the host and executive producer of the award-winning news and public affairs talk show “In Contact.” Her talk show is Atlanta’s only news and public affairs talk show of its kind that delivers topics and discussions from an African-American perspective.
Robinson, a graduate of Syracuse University, is one of Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence honored by the Atlanta Business League. She also worked as the primary news anchor for the Atlanta NBC affiliate, playing a key role in several major stories including the 1996 Olympic games, the Super Bowl, and World Series.
“We are hoping that our communities, locally, nationally and globally will come together for a better tomorrow,” said Rouse. “Angela Robinson embodies the principles by which Dr. King and others in the civil rights movement tried to instill: service to others, peace and love.”
Dr. King is most remembered for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent tactics for racial equality. He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and was a founding member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). His esteemed “I Have a Dream” speech established him as one of the most notable orators in history. King was assassinated in 1968.
“We want to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King and the sacrifices he made to give us freedom,” said Program Coordinator for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Doris Kieh. “We aim to remind our students about the work of Dr. King. As Dr. King stated, ‘Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor, it must be demanded by the oppressed.’”
“This year’s theme is “It’s Time to Come Together,” Kieh continued. “We believe with all that is taking place in our country and around the world, we definitely need to come together if we plan to make a difference.”