'Bless the Mic' season 13 kicks off with veteran journalist april ryan

April Ryan is first Bless The Mic: Think Justice 2.0 speaker

Philander Smith College will kick off the thirteenth season of its Bless The Mic Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 19  with April Ryan, veteran journalist, author and White House Correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN).

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Since 1997, Ryan has covered the White House for AURN as bureau chief, giving her the privilege of covering four presidential administrations. A CNN political analyst known for her distinctive insight of urban and mainstream politics inside Washington and the White House, Ryan is a best-selling author of two books: At Mama’s Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White (2016) The Presidency in Black and White: My Up Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America (2015). In May 2017, the multi-award recipient was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists as the “Journalist of the Year.” Also in 2017, Ryan was awarded an honorary doctorate from her alma mater, Morgan State University, a historically black college in her native Baltimore, Maryland.  

Bless The Mic is a thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating lecture series that brings some of today’s leading thought leaders, luminaries, inspirational speakers and cultural experts to share their unique perspectives. Each speaker in the 2017-2018 installment will follow a year-long theme of “Think Justice 2.0” as the College prepares to re-launch its Social Justice Institute that was first established in 2007.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place inside of the M.L. Harris Auditorium on the Philander Smith campus. Seating is first-come, first-serve; no tickets or reservations are required. 

For more information, contact Jennelle Primm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, at jprimm@philander.edu or by phone at 501-370-5310.