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Activist, journalist will address Women of Color conference

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Jane Elliott, diversity scholar, and Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of News One Now.

Here’s a press release for a conversation and speaking engagement about race and gender:


TIME: 8:30 a.m., March 3, 2017

EVENT: The U-M Women of Color Task Force will host its 35th annual Career Conference with keynote speakers Jane Elliott, diversity scholar and pioneer, and Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of News One Now. They will discuss “Race, Gender & Identity in the Workplace,” which will be moderated by Prof. Robin Means Coleman.

Elliott has taught her “Blue Eyes, Brown Eyes” anti-racist group social exercise for over 36 years, working to make people more empathetic. Starting the exercise in her 3rd-grade classroom in all-white, all-Christian Riceville, Iowa, immediately after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this exercise has provided dramatic results for both children and adults throughout the country. Elliott’s work has also been the subject of several television documentaries, written up in many psychology and social studies texts, and a book, A Class Divided, Then and Now. Elliott is a recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education. She has been a guest lecturer who has appeared on many television shows, including 60 Minutes, Oprah and Today.

Martin is the host and managing editor of TV One’s News One Now, the first daily morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. Martin is also the creator and host of The Roland Martin Show, as well as senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show. Honored with the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists Journalist of the Year Award, Martin is a two-time winner of the NAACP Image Award and has received more than 40 professional media awards. Spending six years as a CNN contributor, he was granted the Peabody Award in 2009. 

PLACE: Hill Auditorium, 825 N University Ave., Ann Arbor

INFORMATION:  The keynote is free and open to the public, however registration is requested. Attendees may submit questions to the speakers using this link.

SPONSORS: U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University Human Resources, the UMHS-Human Resources Office, the Office of the Provost, the Center for the Education of Women and TIAA.

Jim McBee

Founding partner, creative director and ink-stained wretch with The Ann magazine.

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