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Fox News contributor Juan Williams speaks Feb. 3

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Juan Williams

Fox News contributor and author Juan Williams will speak on the campus of Furman University Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in Younts Conference Center.

His talk, “A Sustaining Responsibility: King and the Exercise of Non-Violence,” is free and open to the public. The event is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. Williams will sign books following the lecture.

Williams’ talk is part of “Building the Beloved Community 2016,” a series of events commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The events are made possible through a partnership between Furman and Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Williams has made his career a model of “meeting in the middle” by working as a reporter for national news organizations. With three decades of experience reporting from Washington, he is considered one of the nation’s most reputable political analysts with his dedication to informing and challenging the American public. He has interviewed numerous Washington power players and elected officials (including Presidents Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan), giving him a unique vantage point on America’s constantly evolving political climate.

A political columnist for The Washington Post and a regular commentator and host for Fox News programs, Williams also served as host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” He was awarded an Emmy Award for Politics: The New Black Power and A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom.

Williams is author of Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate; Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America and What We Can Do About It; My Soul Looks Back in Wonder; Eyes on the Prize; Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary; I’ll Find a Way or Make One, A History of Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and This Far By Faith.

Furman is also sponsoring these MLK events as part of “Building the Beloved Community 2016”:

Monday, Jan. 18, 8 a.m. (breakfast), 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (service)—MLK Holiday – A Day of Service, Community Project with United Way’s Hands on Greenville, Heller Service Corps, Student Diversity Council, and the Student Activities Council
Contact:  Nancy Cooper,, or (864) 294-2900

Sunday, Jan. 31, 5 p.m., Daniel Memorial Chapel—MLK Interfaith Celebration with Rev. Kimberly Jackson (Class of 2006), chaplain at the Absalom Jones Episcopal Center, Atlanta, Ga.
Contact:  Maria Swearingen,, or (864) 294-2133

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m. (lecture), 8 p.m. (reception and book signing), Younts Conference Center—MLK Commemoration Speaker:  Juan Williams “A Sustaining Responsibility:  King and the Exercise of Non-Violence”
Contact:  Chandra Dillard,, or (864) 294-2503

Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Burgiss Theater and Watkins Room, Trone Student Center—2 016 Martin Luther King Youth Program and Rudolph Gordon College Fair, sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha Greenville Foundation
Contact: Bobby Clark,, or (864) 441-9067

Saturday, Feb. 20, [Feb. 27, snow date], 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Burgiss Theater, Trone Student Center—Joseph Vaughn Oratorical Contest
Contact: Mike Chatham,, or (864) 906-7078

All events are free. For more information, contact Chandra Dillard at (864) 294-2503, or Visit Furman’s MLK website at

Last updated January 26, 2016
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