Media Advisory: Virginia Tech MLK Keynote speakers Hill, Smith available for media interviews

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What:  Virginia Tech continues its series of on-campus events recognizing and honoring the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Two notable celebrities from the world of sports will be on hand to deliver this year’s MLK Keynote.

·         Jemele Hill was previously the chief correspondent and senior columnist for The Undefeated, ESPN’s content initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race and culture.  Prior to joining The Undefeated, Hill co-anchored SportsCenter for a year with her longtime friend and colleague Michael Smith.  Currently, Hill is a staff writer for The Atlantic, where she covers sports, race, politics, and culture.

·         Tommie Smith was a 200m gold medalist in the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games.  Standing on the victory podium, Smith and fellow sprinter John Carlos bowed their heads and raised a fist in the air, symbolizing Black Power.  It remains a symbolic moment in the history of the Olympics and the Black Power movement.

When: Thursday, January 31, 7:00 p.m. 

Where:  Moss Arts Center, The Anne and Ellen Fife Theater; 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA.

RSVP: Members of the media who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to Bill Foy, at [email protected];

Interviews: Representatives of both Hill and Smith have indicated they will be available for group or one-on-one interviews prior to the keynote address, time permitting.  Student Affairs Communication Director Hunter Gresham will be able to assist media outlets on site Thursday evening. 

Contact:  Bill Foy | 540-998-0288 | [email protected]