New York, NY (June 5, 2017) — Award-winning TV Host, Journalist, Author and Advocate Roland Martin announced during his recent appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show” his new initiative to raise money for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). His campaign is called#HBCUGivingDay and the platform is being launched with its partnering hashtag to encourage donations to the 100-plus HBCUs.
Martin is using the campaign hashtag #HBCUGivingDay as a call to action on social media. To further his mission, Martin will highlight one Historically Black College and University daily by wearing a school lapel pin of an HBCU that he has been a guest speaker at or delivered a commencement speech for. Among the HBCUs he has highlighted since launching#HBCUGivingDay include Grambling State University, Shaw University, Virginia State University, Harris-Stowe State University, and Spelman College.
#HBCUGivingDay has already inspired huge support from both corporate companies and the general public. It has been reported that Coca Cola has donated $260,000 to Grambling State University; and HBCU alumni and those who recognize the importance of the higher education institutes have been making significant donations as well.
“The nation’s historically Black colleges and universities have been vital to the development and growth of the African American community,” says Roland Martin. “Even though I didn’t attend one, I’ve spoken at more than three dozen HBCUs, and their role for the future of Black America is vital. But in age of education cutbacks, we must encourage graduates and non-grads to support their mission. I believe that every dollar counts. And I want to use all of my platforms to help drive dollars to our HBCUs.”
Check out Roland Martin on Wendy Williams show discussing #HBCUGivingDay:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymsisdxTVRY&t=320s at the 11:03 mark.
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ABOUT ROLAND S. MARTIN
Roland S. Martin is the CEO of Nu Vision Media, Inc., a multimedia production company. He is also the host of TV One’s “News One Now” and the Senior News Analyst on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. A former CNN political analyst, Roland was part of the “Best Political team on Television” in 2009 when the cable network was awarded the Peabody Award for its outstanding 2008 election coverage.
Named multiple times by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States, Roland S. Martin has received numerous accolades for his work as a TV Host, Journalist, Author and Political Commentator. The Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom named one of the top 50 political pundits in the world; he was awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms; In 2008, he was also inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor; and he is the recipient of three NAACP Image Awards. Overall, Roland has won more than 30 professional awards for journalistic excellence from a variety of media organizations, including the Radio Television News Directors Association; the National Association of Black Journalists; the National Association of Minorities in Cable, and the National Associated Press-Managing Editors Conference, among others.
As an author, he’s published several books including ‘Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith;” “Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America;” and “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.”