Tavis Smiley, nationally-acclaimed host of the late-night television talk show Tavis Smiley on PBS and The Tavis Smiley Show and Smiley & West from Public Radio International (PRI) will be the keynote speaker for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance celebration. From his celebrated conversations with world figures to his work to inspire the next generation of leaders, Smiley has emerged as an outstanding voice for change in his roles as broadcaster, author, publisher, advocate, and philanthropist. In addition to his radio and television work, Smiley has authored 16 books. His memoir, “What I Know for Sure: My Story of Growing Up in America,” became a New York Times bestseller, and the book he edited, “Covenant with Black America,” became the first nonfiction book by a Black-owned publisher to reach #1 on The New York Times’ best-sellers list.
The event is free and open to the public, Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 pm at the Universalist Church at the top of Church Street. Tickets are required and can be obtained from Fletcher Free Library or City Market in downtown Burlington.