Acclaimed Psychiatrist, Author To Give MLK Address
ROCHESTER, NY - HarvardUniversity psychiatrist and noted author Alvin F. Poussaint will deliver the 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address on Friday, Jan. 21. The free talk begins at 6 p.m. in Strong Auditorium on the River Campus and will be streamed live here on Black Radio Network.
Poussaint is perhaps best known for his decades-long collaborations with actor and comedian Bill Cosby. He served as a script consultant to both The CosbyShow and A Different World, ensuring that the humor in the sitcoms was appropriate for all ages and that the script portrayed a positive image of African Americans and avoided stereotypes. Poussaint and Cosby also co-wrote the New York Times best seller Come On People! On the Path from Victims to Victors.
During the civil rights movement, Poussaint worked with the Medical Committee for Human Rights in Jackson, Miss., advocating for the desegregation of medical facilities in the South and providing health care for civil rights workers.
Poussaint directed the media center at the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston, Mass., for 16 years. Currently, he serves as the faculty associate dean for student affairs and the director of the office of recruitment and multicultural affairs. Poussaint is both a life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the AmericanAcademy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
“We are honored to have Dr. Poussaint as our Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address speaker,” says Norman Burnett, chair of the College Diversity Roundtable and director of the office of minority student affairs. “Poussaint’s work has posed important questions about how social and familial issues are portrayed in the media and he serves as a powerful advocate for children.”
The culmination of a weeklong celebration of King’s life and the kick-off for Black History Month, the annual address is sponsored by the College Diversity Roundtable and the Office of the President.
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