BCALA conference adds Roland Martin, Bryant Terry, Ray Charles Robinson Jr. as featured speakers
For Immediate Release
CHICAGO, IL – Award-winning journalist Roland S. Martin; eco-chef, food justice activist and author Bryant Terry; and Ray Charles Robinson Jr., son of legendary performer Ray Charles, will speak during the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s seventh National Conference of African American Librarians, August 4–8, 2010, at the Sheraton Conference Center in Birmingham, Ala. The conference theme is “Bridging the Divide with Information Access, Activism, and Advocacy”
Martin, a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, will deliver the conference closing session address from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 8. The author of "Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith," "Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America" and the forthcoming 'The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin," he is also a commentator for the TV One cable network and host of "Washington Watch with Roland Martin." He was named one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States by Ebony magazine in 2008 and 2009. Martin is the 2009 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for "In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview" and the 2008 winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for "In Conversation: The Sen. Barack Obama Interview."
The latest speakers join Dr. Terrance Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine, who will deliver the opening session address from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, and actress/writer/author Kim Wayans and her actor/writer husband Kevin Knotts, who will speak at the Authors Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6.