Broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at Wiley College‚Äôs 125th Baccalaureate and Commencement Convocation today.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. today in the college‚Äôs Alumni Gymnasium in Marshall.
Smiley is the host of ‚ÄúTavis Smiley,‚ÄĚ the late-night television show on PBS, ‚ÄúThe Tavis Smiley Show‚ÄĚ from Public Radio International and ‚ÄúTavis Talks,‚ÄĚ the daily online radio program on the Tavis Smiley Network on BlogTalk Radio, according to a Wiley College news release.
In his latest New York Times best seller, ‚ÄúThe Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto,‚ÄĚ Smiley and co-author Dr. Cornel West challenge Americans to re-examine their assumptions about poverty in this country.
His next work to be published in September is ‚ÄúDeath of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.‚Äôs Final Year.‚ÄĚ
Wiley College is a four-year, private, historically black, liberal arts college that was founded in 1873 by the Methodist Episcopal Church‚Äôs Bishop Isaac Wiley.