On Thursday, Jan. 14, the Indiana University Northwest Diversity Programming Series, in collaboration with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., will host the university's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, beginning at 6 p.m. in Savannah Auditorium. Seating is limited, so audience members are advised to arrive early.
The featured speaker will be Black Entertainment Television host and producer Jeff Johnson, an internationally recognized journalist and social activist. Johnson is managing editor and chief correspondent for "The Truth With Jeff Johnson," a BET talk show that has earned Johnson the reputation as the network's "conscience voice" for his positive work affecting youth and young adults.
The Washington D.C.-based Johnson has earned accolades both for his work covering politics and for his engagement of American youth through popular culture. He was the only American reporter to receive a post-election interview with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first elected female head of state in Africa. He was one of only two news correspondents to interview Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, who had not granted interviews to American media outlets for 13 years.
Johnson has also worked as a senior advisor for the Media and Youth Outreach for People for the American Way, National Director for the Youth & College Division of the NAACP, and as Vice President of the Hip-Hop Action Summit.
IU Northwest is proud to host Jeff Johnson as the keynote speaker for this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This event is free and open to the public.