Television and radio personality Roland Martin will host the East St. Louis NAACP 68th Freedom Fund Banquet at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, at the Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel, 800 Washington. The 2022 theme is “This is Power: Illuminating Justice by Blazing an Equitable Path.”
Martin has served as a senior analyst for The Tom Joyner Morning Show and is a contributor for CNN.
He spent 13 years at TV One Network and from 2013 to 2017, where he was host and managing editor of NewsOneNow, the first daily morning news show targeting African Americans. Martin has also worked as a talk show host on WVIN-AM in Chicago, and written articles for Ebony and Essence magazines.
Robin Carey-Boyd, East St. Louis NAACP president, said in a release., “We are excited to host someone of Mr. Martin’s stature at our 68th Freedom Fund Banquet. He was our first choice as speaker, and we are looking forward to hearing what we know will be a relevant and timely speech.
Evening highlights include presentation of the “Rising Star Award” to a local youth, along with the announcement of the 2022 James Lewis, Sr. Essay Contest, and the Charles H. Lawson III Youth Award winners. Both include a scholarship and academic support.