Journalist speaks at GSU for Black History Month event 

Renowned journalist and author Roland Martin served as keynote speaker at Grambling State University earlier this week during the Black History Month program with the theme, “Fitting Into The Country We Built.” 

Martin spoke to the audience Monday night about the value of the black dollar. He stated that the influence and power of African American spending habits are documented, and the ability to support black businesses can be impacted by what is said and what is done. 

“We don’t even realize how we are degrading our own when we’re talking to each other,” Martin said in his speech. “How many of y’all heard this – ‘Man, it’s a black business, though.’ Right there, that phrase by itself – you just said black owned is second class … You’ve got to stop somebody.” 

Martin is the host of the Roland Martin Unfiltered Daily Digital Show, which streams on Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope, and IGTV at 5 p.m. CST daily. 

The show focuses on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. 

Ebony Magazine has four times named Martin as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States. named Martin as the number one Black pundit in the country and he has also been named several times to The Root 100’s annual list of influential African Americans. 

The four-time NAACP Image Award winner, including named Best Host twice out of the last three years, has also earned more than 30 awards for journalistic excellence, including being named the Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists for his extensive focus on voter suppression and other issues of concern to African Americans during the 2012 election. 

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