Canisius Celebrates the Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 23, 2018


On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, Canisius welcomes Roland Martin, longtime journalist, TV host and author, to present two events.

10:00 a.m. – Martin serves as guest speaker during the college’s annual Black History Month celebration at Zion Dominion Global Ministries, 895 North Forest Road, Amherst.  More than 600 middle and high school students from Buffalo Public Schools and suburban districts are expected to attend this year’s educational and empowerment summit themed, “Excellence Within Reach – Celebrating 23 Years of the Academic Talent Search/Trio Program.”

The event is presented by Canisius’ Academic Talent Search (ATS) Program and sponsored by Zion Dominion Global Ministries in association with General Motors. For more information, contact the Academic Talent Search Office at (716) 888-3280.

8 p.m. – Martin presents a lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Canisius Afro-American Society (AAS) in the college’s Montante Cultural Center.  The talk entitled “Speak! Brother: A Black Man’s View of America” is sponsored by the AAS anniversary committee and the William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership.  The event is free and open to the public.  For additional information, contact the Canisius College Office of Event Services at (716) 888-2180.

Roland Martin is a journalist, syndicated columnist, TV host and author. Over the course of his journalistic career, he has interviewed several U.S. presidents, top athletes and entertainers. He is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, and senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations and reaches eight million people daily.

He has received more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence, including Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists.  He is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner and was named three times by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. Martin spent six years as a contributor for CNN and earned accolades for his honesty, conviction and perspective.

Martin 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.