White House Correspondent April Ryan will be the 2019 Community MLK Celebration keynote speaker. Ryan will deliver the keynote address at the Paramount Theater on Wednesday, January 30th, 2019.
A free pre-event reception will begin at 5:30pm.
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. THE DAY OF THE EVENT, ANY UNCLAIMED TICKETS WILL BE RELEASED AT 6:20 PM AT THE DOOR TO PATRONS IN THE STANDBY LINE OUTSIDE THE THEATER.
White House Correspondent April Ryan has a unique vantage point as the only black female reporter covering urban issues from the White House – a position she has held since the Clinton era. On behalf of the American Urban Radio Networks, and through her "Fabric of America" news blog, she delivers her readership and listeners (millions of African Americans and close to 300 radio affiliates) a “unique urban and minority perspective in news.” Her position as a White House Correspondent has afforded her unusual insight into the racial sensitivities, issues, and attendant political struggles of our nation’s last presidents.
April can be seen almost daily on CNN as a political analyst. She has been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Elle magazines – to name a few.
April Ryan has served on the board of the prestigious White House Correspondents Association. She is one of only three African Americans in the Association’s over 100-year history to serve on its board. She is also an esteemed member of the National Press Club. In 2015, Ms. Ryan was nominated for an NAACP Image Award (Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author) for her first book. April is a Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate, and she gives back to this community by serving as a mentor to aspiring journalists, and assisting with developing “up and coming” broadcasters. April considers her greatest life’s work raising her two daughters, Ryan and Grace – who are phenomenal young women.
April Ryan is the author of the award winning book, The Presidency in Black and White, and At Mama's Knee: Mothers and Race in Black and White (December 2016), where she looks at race relations through the lessons and wisdom that mothers have given their children. Her latest book is Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House (September 2018).
Presented by the University of Virginia Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity & Equity, in partnership with the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Lifetime Learning in the Office of Engagement.