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Award-Winning Journalists Deliver 2022 MLK Symposium Keynote Lecture


On Jan. 17, 2022, the University of Michigan welcomed two highly acclaimed journalists – Maria Hinojosa and Dr. Rashad Richey – to deliver the keynote address for the 36th Annual U-M Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium.

Hinojosa and Richey addressed the symposium’s theme: “This is America.” Both speakers shared their experiences with discrimination and how it’s impacted how they view the United States as individuals and in their role as journalists. Moreover, they discussed how to combat misinformation and improve the visibility of underrepresented groups in the media.

The conversation was moderated by Patricia Coleman-Burns, assistant professor emerita of nursing and affiliated faculty in the Department of Afro-American and African Studies.

Watch the keynote



About the speakers

Maria Hinojosa

Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who has reported for such outlets as PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and the Emmy Award-winning talk show from WGBH – Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. Over the course of her 30-year career, Hinojosa has used her voice to cover issues that are often overlooked and underreported in the national spotlight. In 2010, Hinojoa created Futuro Media, an independent, nonprofit organization in Harlem, New York City, that aims to empower audiences to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.

Dr. Rashad Richey

Richey is a university professor, lecturer, and media juggernaut who is routinely featured for his political analysis and commentary on MSNBC, BBC America, Black News Channel, Fox News, CNBC, CBS News, and other networks. He is also the host of the award-winning Rashad Richey Morning Show on News & Talk 1380-WAOK, based in Atlanta. A main focus of his career has been advocacy to ensure everyone has a voice and to improve the lives of those who are less fortunate. Richey has received various recognitions and awards for his philanthropy, including a Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama for his work mentoring at-risk youth through his foundation, the Rashad Richey Foundation, Inc.