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Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790

SPECIAL EVENT

AUTHOR & JOURNALIST JUAN WILLIAMS HEADLINES LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING AT CEDAR CREST COLLEGE

NPR Correspondent will Discuss "The Changing Face of America: The Changing Face of Cedar Crest"

Allentown, PA (September 13, 2007) - Juan Williams, one of America's leading journalists and authors, will give a special presentation at Cedar Crest College on Wednesday, October 10, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumnae Hall Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.

Williams will discuss "The Changing Face of America: The Changing Face of Cedar Crest," and will be available following the event to sign copies of his New York Times bestseller "Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America - and What We Can Do About It."

In "Enough" Williams challenges Americans - especially Black Americans - to take a deeper look at race relations in this country. Williams, who is black, was inspired by Bill Cosby's now famous speech at the NAACP gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Brown decision of integrating schools and makes the case that while there is still racism, it is way past time for black Americans to open their eyes to the "culture of failure" that exists within their community. He takes aim at prominent black leaders like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and asks what happened to "keeping our eyes on the prize" by proving the case for equality with black excellence and achievement. Williams also offers a concrete plan for overcoming the obstacles that now stand in the way of African Americans' participation in the nation's freedom and prosperity. His book has been widely discussed and vehemently debated. It was recently released in paperback.

As one of America's leading political commentators and writers, Williams is also the author of the critically acclaimed biography, "Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary," and the nonfiction bestseller, "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965," companion volume to the critically-acclaimed television series.

Williams is the Senior Correspondent for National Public Radio and Political Analyst for the Fox News Channel. He is a regular panelist on the weekly news affairs program Fox News Sunday. Mr. Williams spent 23 years at The Washington Post, where he served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist, White House correspondent and national correspondent. He won an Emmy Award for TV documentary writing and won wide-spread critical acclaim for a series of documentaries. Williams spent 18 highly successful months as host of NPR's afternoon talk show, Talk of the Nation, taking the show to its highest rating ever. For nine years, he was the host for the syndicated TV news show, America's Black Forum.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.  To reserve tickets, please call the Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791 or visit www.cedarcrest.edu/juanwilliams.

Media inquiries, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.

 

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