Journalist and Author Roland Martin Hosts Canisius College Events

January 23, 2018


Buffalo, NY – Canisius College welcomes Roland Martin, longtime journalist, TV host and author, to present two events on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

10:00 a.m. – Martin serves as guest speaker during the college’s annual Black History Month celebration at Zion Dominion Global Ministries, 895 North Forest Road, Amherst.  More than 600 middle and high school students from Buffalo Public Schools and suburban districts are expected to attend this year’s educational and empowerment summit themed, “Excellence Within Reach – Celebrating 23 Years of the Academic Talent Search/Trio Program.”

The event is presented by Canisius’ Academic Talent Search (ATS) Program and sponsored by Zion Dominion Global Ministries in association with General Motors. For more information, contact the Academic Talent Search Office at (716) 888-3280.

8 p.m. – Martin presents a lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Canisius Afro-American Society (AAS) in the college’s Montante Cultural Center.  The talk entitled “Speak! Brother: A Black Man’s View of America” is sponsored by the AAS anniversary committee and the William H. Fitzpatrick Institute of Public Affairs and Leadership.  The event is free and open to the public.  For additional information, contact the Canisius College Office of Event Services at (716) 888-2180.

Roland Martin is a journalist, syndicated columnist, TV host and author. Over the course of his journalistic career, he has interviewed several U.S. presidents, top athletes and entertainers. He is a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate, and senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations and reaches eight million people daily.

Martin has received more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence.  He was named the “King of the Hill” in 2012 by Jet Magazine for his reporting on issues of concern to African Americans, and named Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists for his extensive focus on voter suppression and other issues of concern to African Americans during the 2012 election.  He is a two-time NAACP Image Award winner and named three times by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States.  Martin spent six years as a contributor for CNN and earned accolades for his honesty, conviction and perspective.

Martin is the author of three books: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! “A Black Man’s View of America;” and The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.

Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M University in 1991 and a master’s degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University in 2008. He holds honorary degrees from Florida Memorial University, University of Maryland-University College and Lemoyne-Owen College.

Academic Talent Search (ATS) at Canisius College

The Canisius ATS program was established under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. ATS serves approximately 600 youths recruited from area schools and community service organizations. The program provides educational, social and career support services, as well as co-curricular and cultural enrichment experiences.

Afro-American Society (AAS) at Canisius College

Founded in 1967, the Afro-American Society celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with several events. Created by students for students, the Afro-American Society is dedicated to promoting and upholding its vast African heritage and uniting students to create racial harmony.

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.