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Dec. 17, 2008
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Broadcaster Ed Gordon to be keynote speaker at EMU's MLK Day celebration

YPSILANTI — Ed Gordon, an Emmy Award-winning television broadcaster and founder of Daddy's Promise, will be the keynote speaker for Eastern Michigan University's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Jan. 19.

Gordon is currently host of the new, nationally syndicated TV show, "Our World With Black Enterprise," a program that includes a mix of one-on-one headline interviews with today's top newsmakers and celebrities, roundtable discussions, and profiles of some of the world's most intriguing people.

This year's event, dubbed "Our Revolution...Our Responsibility," scheduled Monday, Jan. 19, begins with a breakfast from 7:45-9:30 a.m. in room 310 of the Student Center, followed by Gordon's keynote speech from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. The President's Luncheon takes place from 11:50 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. in the Student Center Grand Ballroom. Gordon will make brief remarks at the luncheon.

Gordon formerly was managing editor of Black Entertainment Television's (BET) "News With Ed Gordon," host of "BET Tonight" and host of the one-on-one talk show, "Conversations with Ed Gordon." Before going to BET, Gordon had a three-year stint on NBC as a contributor to the "Today Show" and "Dateline," and its cable sister network, CNBC, where he was anchor and host of the talk show, "Internight.”

Periodically, Gordon hosts BET News special broadcasts, and has been a contributing correspondent for CBS's "60 Minutes II." He also previously hosted "News and Notes with Ed Gordon," which aired on National Public Radio, and is president of the Gordon Media Group, a multi-service production company.

Gordon created Daddy's Promise, an initiative that encourages fathers to become deeply involved in the lives of their daughters. The project was born after he wrote a story for Essence magazine, describing the close relationship he shares with his daughter, Taylor.

Gordon is the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Award of Excellence and the organization's Outstanding Journalistic Endeavor Award. He also has won an Emmy and the Communication Excellence to Black Audiences (CEBA) award for merit, distinction and excellence.

Gordon, who was born in Detroit, received his bachelor's degree in communications and political science from Western Michigan University.

MLK Humanitarian Award nominations sought

Nominations for the 2009 MLK Jr. Humanitarian Awards are currently being accepted. The award recognizes individuals from within the University and local community who exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. King. For the first time, the MLK Planning Committee will handle both the adult and student awards. Nominations must include biographical information as well as a statement that provides the rationale for the nomination.

Nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, in the Office of Government Relations in 202 Welch Hall. For questions, contact Don Hazaert at 487-7048.


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