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Williams to speak on black American society, March 1

Journalist and author Juan Williams will deliver a lecture on black American society titled "Eyes Off the Prize? Why Bill Cosby Is Right and What We Should Do About It" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Williams is a senior correspondent for National Public Radio and political analyst for Fox News. His most recent book is "Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America -- and What We Can Do About It."

In his lecture, Williams will argue that while there is still racism, African Americans must recognize and address the "culture of failure" in the black community. He also will discuss issues raised by Cosby, who has contended that social and economic ills among African Americans stem from their failure to take responsibility for their families and communities.

Williams has written several books, including "Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary," "Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965" and "This Far by Faith: Stories From the African American Religious Experience." Before joining NPR, Williams was an editorial writer, columnist and White House reporter for The Washington Post.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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