For Immediate Release
Contact: Lea Ann Scales
Assistant Vice President of
Public Relations and Marketing
March 7, 2011
(Worcester, Mass.) -- First Haitian Baptist Church of Worcester choir "Voice of Triumph Entry (V.O.T.E.)" will perform as part of Worcester State University's Fourth Annual Courageous Conversations lecture featuring best selling author and founder of TransAfrica Randall Robinson, Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sullivan Auditorium The event is free and open to the public. Following the lecture, Robinson will be available for a book signing.
Robinson is the author of An Unbroken Agony and the national bestsellers The Debt, The Reckoning, and Defending the Spirit. He is also founder and past president of TransAfrica, the African-American organization he established to promote enlightened, constructive U.S. policies toward Africa and the Caribbean. In 1984, Robinson established the Free South Africa Movement, which pushed successfully for the imposition of sanctions against apartheid South Africa; and in 1994, his public advocacy, including a 27-day hunger strike, led to the UN multinational operation that restored Haiti's first democratically elected government to power.
He is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Over nineteen universities have bestowed upon him honorary Ph.D.’s in recognition of the international impact of his social justice advocacy. He is the recipient of numerous awards, and among the institutions that have honored him are The United Nations, the Congressional Black Caucus, Harvard University, Essence Magazine Awards Show, ABC-News Person of the Week, The Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Change, the NAACP, and Ebony Magazine Awards Show.
Robinson has shared his views and policy recommendations on Nightline, CNN, the Today Show, C-Span, The Tavis Smiley Show, The Charlie Rose Show, and other leading American television programs.
Courageous Conversations is sponsored by Third World Alliance, WSU President's Office, Multicultural Affairs, Affirmative Action & Compliance, Center for Human Rights, Latino Education Institute, Public Relations, and the Amnesty Club. Past Courageous Conversations speakers include Noted authors Cornel West, Angela Davis and Kweisi Mfume.