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Expressions of King's Legacy

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
RIT Gordon Field House
Full Page Event

Join us for our 38th Annual Expressions of King's Legacy celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Keynote Speaker: Joy-Ann Reid

Host of AM Joy & Correspondent at MSNBC

Joy-Ann Reid is a political analyst at MSNBC and host of AM Joy, which airs Saturdays and Sundays from 10 A.M. ET to noon ET.  Her latest book: The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story (Harper Collins, 2019), was published in June and is a New York Times best seller. She is the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide (William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2015) and the co-editor, with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne, of We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama (Bloomsbury, 2016). Reid’s columns and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Miami Herald, New York Magazine and The Daily Beast.

She has previously worked in local TV news, as a talk radio producer and host, and in politics as a Florida press secretary for America Coming Together (2004) and a Florida press aide for the Barack Obama campaign (2008). As the former managing editor of, Reid led a staff of 12 young journalists in exploring stories and issues of importance to African Americans. After a stint with TheGrio from 2011 to 2014, she was tapped to host her first branded cable news show: The Reid Report, a daily news program on MSNBC. In 2014, she took the helm of the Saturday 10 a.m. to noon block with AM Joy. The daughter of a college professor mom, Reid taught a course on “race, gender and media” at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Communications’ New York City annex from 2017 through 2018.

Reid graduated from Harvard University with a concentration in film in 1991. She and her husband Jason own a documentary film production company. They reside in New York and have three children.