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Press Release for Thursday, January 18, 2007

Tavis Smiley Speaks at Annual MLK Jr. Scholarship Luncheon

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Tavis Smiley, author, political commentator and talk show host, will be the guest speaker at the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Luncheon, presented by the University of North Florida’s Intercultural Center for PEACE. The program will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, from noon to 2 p.m. at the University Center Banquet Hall on the UNF campus.

With his late-night television talk show, “Tavis Smiley” on the Public Broadcasting Station and his radio show “The Tavis Smiley Show” on Public Radio International, Smiley is the first American ever to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and public radio.

Smiley also offers political commentary twice weekly on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” a nationally syndicated radio show broadcast on black and urban stations in the United States. He has authored eight books, including “Doing What’s Right: How to Fight for What You Believe—And Make a Difference,” “Hard Left” and “Keeping the Faith: Stories of Love, Courage, Healing, and Hope from Black America.”

He has been honored with several awards, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Image Award for best news, talk or information series for three consecutive years and the Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award from the National Association of Minorities in Communications. Smiley also has also received an honorary doctorate degree from his alma mater Indiana University.

Tickets for the event are $20 each or $500 for corporate tables of eight. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the UNF Ticket Box Office in the UNF Fine Arts Center at (904) 620-2878.
The scholarship luncheon is sponsored by the UNF Intercultural Center for PEACE, Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Student and International Affairs and the Black History Committee.