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Release date: Feb. 13, 2002
Contact: Nancy Seideman, Director: 404-727-0640 or nseidem@emory.edu

MEDIA ADVISORY

Julian Bond and Alan Keyes to Debate at Emory on the "State of Race" in America Feb. 27

WHO: NAACP chairman Julian Bond and MSNBC talk-show host Alan Keyes

WHAT: "State of Race Debate: A Moderated Discussion." Robert Brown, Emory assistant professor of political science, moderator.

WHEN: 7 – 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27

WHERE: Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Road, Emory

PARKING: Fishburne Deck, 1671 N. Decatur Road, Emory (Access from Fishburne Drive, off Clifton Road)

COST: Free and open to the public. For more information, call Christopher Richardson at 404-727-6167.

The past, present and future of race relations in America will be debated at Emory University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 by two of the most prominent African-American commentators in the nation – Alan Keyes and Julian Bond. The men will draw from their different backgrounds and perspectives to address the issue of race from a conservative and liberal standpoint, respectively. They will discuss the future of American race relations, whether our society can move closer to integration, and gains made thus far.

Alan Keyes, twice a Republican presidential candidate, is the host of "Alan Keyes is Making Sense," a live, one-hour talk show on MSNBC that provides analysis and commentary on politics, economics and various cultural hot-button issues. He also is the host of the daily nationally syndicated radio show "The Alan Keyes Show." Keyes holds a doctorate in government affairs from Harvard University and served during President Reagan’s administration in the U.S. Foreign Service and the National Security Council before being appointed ambassador to the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1983.

Civil rights activist Julian Bond currently is chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is a Distinguished Professor at American University in Washington and a professor of history at the University of Virginia. Bond served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1967 to 1975 and the Georgia Senate from 1975 to 1987. Bond was the first president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He also has been narrator of several documentaries, including the Academy Award-winning "A Time for Justice" and the critically acclaimed series "Eyes on the Prize."

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