Roland Martin Returns for Second Reavis L. Mitchell Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Lecture

The W. E. B. Du Bois Honors Program is pleased to host Roland Martin, a nationally acclaimed journalist, author, and television host, as the Inaugural Reavis L. Mitchell Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Fisk University.  Martin will deliver his second of four addresses on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.

As a contributor to TV One, CNN, and owner of Nu Vision Media, Inc. (a media company), Roland Martin is an intense businessman with a compelling voice on contemporary affairs, most notably, political affairs.  His show, “Roland Martin Unfiltered,” focuses on news, analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective.  It is the first show of its kind to stream live daily worldwide.

Martin has been named four times by EBONY Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States.  He is also four-time NAACP Image Award winner, including twice being named Best Host.  He continues to make appearances on various news outlets, such as MSNBC and ABC News.  He provides daily commentaries for iHeartRadio’s Black Information Network.

“Roland Martin represents journalistic excellence, and we are excited that our student body and the overall Nashville community will benefit from his presence on campus,” said Fisk University president, Dr. Vann Newkirk.  “Fisk students are destined for leadership roles, and it is important to continually invigorate the academic framework to provide them the best possible platform for success.”

Dr. La Tanya Rogers, Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Honors Program at Fisk notes that “Roland Martin’s strong sense of community, social justice, and political activism resonates with Fisk University students, most of whom have high aspirations for leadership.  He demonstrates in real time how an entrepreneurial spirit (coupled with drive and opportunity) can create a force of nature.”

“Roland Martin Unfiltered” will stream live on YouTube and Facebook from Fisk University on Wednesday, October 28, 2021, from 5-7 PM CT.