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Nationally Syndicated Public Radio Program Hosts of Smiley & West Speak at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration on Jan. 24

January 10, 2013

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Nationally Syndicated Public Radio Program Hosts of Smiley & West Speaking As Part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration on Jan. 24


Del Mar College and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi bringing Princeton University Professor Emeritus Dr. Cornel West and PBS late night television talk show host Tavis Smiley to Richardson Performance Hall

As part of Corpus Christi’s observances of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this year, Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi have joined forces to host the first “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration: Poverty, Income Inequality, Social Justice, Economic Challenges and MLK Tradition of Love and Service” on Thursday, Jan. 24. The event features guest speakers Princeton University Professor Emeritus Dr. Cornel West and PBS late night television talk show host Tavis Smiley, known for their nationally syndicated co-hosted public radio program Smiley & West on Public Radio International (PRI).

With Corpus Christi scheduled as one of the stops during their Jan. 21-26 “Poverty Lecture Series,” Dr. West and Smiley will bring attention to our nation’s poverty with messaging for its eradication as a top priority for America. The two speakers have recently co-authored The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto, which encompasses game-changing text about economic injustice.

The free event begins at 6 p.m. in Richardson Performance Hall, located on Del Mar College’s East Campus on Ayers Street. Attendees will need tickets for entry, which will be available beginning Jan. 14 in Room 105 (Student Leadership and Campus Life Office) in the Del Mar College Harvin Student Center on the East Campus and Room 318 (Student Engagement and Success Office) in the University Center at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi located at 6300 Ocean Drive. 

For more information about the community celebration, call 698-1277 or 825-2612.

Along with book sales and a signing reception after the lecture, the celebration also features an invocation and words of welcome by Reverend Claude Azel, music selections by Anointed Voices and a dance interpretation, along with remarks by institutional leadership that includes College President Dr. Mark Escamilla and University President Dr. Flavius Killebrew.

About the Speakers:

 Dr. West is known as a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. A Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary, he holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University and has also taught at Yale, Harvard and the University of Paris. Dr. West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard in three years and obtained his Master of Art and Doctoral Degrees in Philosophy at Princeton.

Among his many credits, Dr. West has written 20 books and edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters, Democracy Matters and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. He appears frequently on the Bill Maher Show, the Colbert Report, CNN, C-SPAN and PBS’ The Tavis Smiley Show as well as co-hosts the popular Smiley & West radio show heard on PRI around the country.

Dr. West made his film debut in the movie, “The Matrix,” and served as a commentator on the official trilogy released in 2004.  He also has appeared in over 25 documentaries and films, including “Examined Life,” “Call & Response,” “Sidewalk” and “Stand.”

Additionally, Dr. West has recorded three albums featuring the spoken word, including Never Forget, a collaboration with Prince, Jill Scott, Andre 3000, Talib Kweli, KRS-One and the late Gerald Levert. His spoken interludes also are featured on Terence Blanchard’s album, Choices, which won the Grand Prix in France for Best Jazz Album of the Year in 2009. His voice is also featured on Cornel West Theory’s Second Rome, Raheem DeVaughn’s Grammy-nominated Love & War: Masterpeace and most recently on Bootsy Collins’ The Funk Capital of the World.

Smiley is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Smiley Group, Inc. From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work inspiring the next generation of leaders, the broadcaster, author, advocate and philanthropist continues to serve as an outstanding voice for change.

Currently, he hosts the late night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS and The Tavis Smiley Show distributed by PRI as well as serves as co-host of PRI’s Smiley & West radio show.

Smiley is the first American to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and public radio. He has authored 15 books, including the book he edited, Covenant with Black America, the first non-fiction book by a Black-owned publisher to reach #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.  He is also the presenter and creative force behind America I AM: The African American Imprint, an unprecedented traveling museum exhibition celebrating the extraordinary impact of African American contributions to the nation and the world.

In 2009, TIME magazine named Smiley to their list of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.”

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