Press Release for Thursday, January 27, 2011

Journalist Juan Williams Speaks at Annual MLK Scholarship Luncheon

 Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 





Award-winning journalist, political commentator and author Juan Williams will be the featured speaker at the 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon. He will discuss “Eyes on The Prize: America and The Dream,” which looks at civil rights then and now, historical foundations and contemporary realities. 


The scholarship luncheon, presented by the University of North Florida’s Intercultural Center for PEACE, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the University Center Banquet Hall on the UNF campus. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.  


 Juan Williams is an American journalist and commentator for Fox News Channel and served as senior news analyst for National Public Radio from 1999 until October 2010. He also writes for several newspapers, including The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and has been published in magazines such as The Atlantic Monthly and Time.  

With more than 20 years experience at The Washington Post, where he served as an award-winning editorial writer, op-ed columnist and White House correspondent, to his current role as political analyst for FoxNews, Williams understands the hot button topics that affect the way we live and do business.  


As an Emmy winner for television documentary writing, he has won widespread critical acclaim. He has written six highly-regarded books on the state of our nation, including “Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America – and What We Can Do About It,” which ignited nationwide debate with his point-blank analysis of black leadership. 

Williams has received critical praise for his television documentary work and has won several awards for investigative journalism and his opinion columns, including the Front Page Award by the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild; Columnist of the Year by the Washingtonian; Best National Book by Time; Outstanding Memorial Book from the Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States; and a political commentary award by the American Association of University Women . 


 Tickets for the luncheon are $30 for individuals, $500 for silver-level corporate tables (including a table for eight and table signage), and $1,000 for gold-level corporate tables (including a table for eight, table signage, preferred seating, recognition in the program and a thank you from the podium during the luncheon).  


 Tickets can be ordered online at or at the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878. Free tickets are available to 150 UNF students (one per student with a valid UNF ID card) on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the UNF Intercultural Center for PEACE at (904) 620-2475.