Eddie Glaude, Jr.

Prominent U.S. scholar Eddie Glaude, Jr., will lead UNCA’s annual tribute of Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 20

New York Times best-selling author Eddie Glaude, Jr., will present a virtual keynote address for UNC Asheville’s annual commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr., on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Glaude is the chairman of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies and considered one of the nation’s most prominent scholars. He is an author, a political commentator, a public intellectual and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. His writings, including “Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul,” “In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America,” and his most recent 2020 New York Times bestseller “Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own,” take a wide look at Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States and the challenges America faces as a democracy.

Glaude, who also sits on the Morehouse College Board of Trustees, frequently appears in the media as a columnist for TIME Magazine and as an MSNBC contributor on programs like “Morning Joe” and “Deadline Whitehouse with Nicolle Wallace.” He regularly appears on “Meet the Press” on Sundays.

Glaude also hosts Princeton’s AAS podcast, a conversation around the field of African American Studies and the Black experience in the 21st century.

Glaude is known both for his inspiring oratory and ability to convene conversations that engage fellow citizens from all backgrounds — from young activists to corporate audiences looking for a fresh perspective on diversity, equity and inclusion practices.

In 2011, he delivered Harvard’s DuBois lectures. His 2015 commencement remarks at Colgate University titled, “Turning Our Backs,” was recognized by the New York Times as one of the best commencement speeches of the year.

The event is free; the program is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

Registration is open now through Zoom at unca-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DV2uLVfQS7WLXdrWqC2KXQ.

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