Tavis Smiley Comes to Town

Every year North Central College joins America in honoring doctor Martin Luther King Junior with many activates throughout the campus. This year residents and students packed Pfeiffer Hall at NCC to listen to radio and TV personality Tavis Smiley.

Residents on hand at North Central College were the first to witness Tavis Smiley’s multimedia presentation of “America I Am: The African American Imprint.

It’s a demonstration based on a 30,000 square foot exhibit Smiley launched on Martin Luther King’s birthday in 2009, which has 300 rare items 12 galleries, and four theaters.

“This exhibit: the African American imprint is the biggest, baddest, boldest exhibit ever to tell the story of the African American contribution to the country,” said Smiley.

He broke that story down into four categories: Economic, Social-Political, Spiritual, and Cultural bringing home the fact that America wouldn’t be America without the African American influence. While audience members weren’t expecting to witness the multi-media presentation, they were impressed.

“I thought that he really did a wonderful job of saying ‘you know this country is different and better because of the contribution of African Americans,’” said David Jones, a Naperville resident.

“I really like how he united us all together and it’s not a separate thing anymore. It’s a human rights issue and really intertwined us together as a country,” said Alexis Black, a Naperville resident.

The exhibit is currently in Kansas City and is slated to make stop in Chicago before the tour ends in 2012. Smiley’s radio show can be heard in the Chicago land area on 91.5 FM on Sundays from noon to 2pm and Mondays from 11am-noon.


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