December 14, 2018
Two strong advocates for communities, Detroit Free Press award-winning columnist Rochelle Riley and local physician Dr. Teleah Phillips, '04, will highlight Albion College and the community’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday in January.
On Wednesday, January 30, Riley will be the guest speaker at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation and Community Celebration set for 7 p.m. at the Bohm Theatre, 201 S. Superior St.
Riley’s columns are a leading voice for children, education, competent government and race and she has received numerous awards including the 2017 Eugene C. Pulliam Editorial Fellowship from the Society of Professional Journalists and the 2017 Ida B. Wells Award from the National Association of Black Journalists for her efforts to make newsrooms and news coverage more accurately reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.
As well, her columns on the text message scandal that led to the imprisonment of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick were part of the Free Press’ 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning entry for local news.
She is also the author of The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery and is a co-founder of Letters to Black Girls, project that grew from a single presentation to a national mission to pass words of encouragement from black women to girls.
On Monday, January 21, Phillips, an osteopathic doctor at Oaklawn Hospital, will be the keynote speaker for the fourth annual Day of Dialogue and Service set for 10 a.m. at Washington Gardner School, 401 E. Michigan Ave.
Phillips earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Albion and then her medical doctorate from Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine.
For two years she served as associate director of the Albion Health Care Alliance and she also participated in parenting enrichment seminars through Albion’s Community Action Agency.
Both events are free and open to the public.
For more information on the MLK Day of Dialogue and Service, contact Keena Williams, associate dean of student development and president’s special advisor for global diversity, at 517/629-0501 or e-mail the Office of Intercultural Affairs at .