As the political season rolls into the final stretch, Fayetteville State University is going to stir the political waters when they bring two very different political perspectives to Seabrook Auditorium to kick-off the annual Chancellor’s Distinguished Speaker Series.
    {mosimage}On Tuesday, Oct. 14, at p.m., Roland Martin and Michael Steele will face off in “A Spirited Discussion on Public Policy and Presidential Politics.”
    Martin is a commentator for TV One Cable Network, and also host of The Roland S. Martin Show on WVON-AM/1690  in Chicago. He can be heard daily from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. He is also a CNN contributor, appearing on a variety of shows, including Paula Zahn Now, Anderson Cooper 360, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and many others. Roland has recently acted as the fill-in host for Paula Zahn and hosted a CNN special called “What Would Jesus Really Do?” He is also a contributor for Essence magazine and posts a daily blog on Essence.com. 
    An insightful and provocative analyst, Martin has appeared numerous times on MSNBC, FOX News, Court TV, BET Nightly News, BBC News, National Public Radio, The Word Network, America’s Black Forum, American Urban Radio Networks, the Tom Joyner Morning Show and NPR’s News and Notes. His commentaries can also be read on CNN.com. Martin will take the liberal Democrat side of the debate.
    A self-described Lincoln Republican. Michael S. Steele earned a place in history in 2003 when he became the first African-American elected to statewide office in Maryland. His experiences as a successful elected conservative Republican African-American and his engaging speaking style have launched Steele into national prominence. His first major exposure was during an appearance at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Since then President George W. Bush chose Steele to be part of the U.S. delegation to the investiture of Pope Benedict XVI, and Steele has been an entertaining and articulate guest on cable political talk shows such as HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
    An expert on political strategy, fund-raising, PACs, and election reform, he is the current Chairman of GOPAC. He has served on the National Federal Election Reform Commission and the NAACP Blue Ribbon Commission on Election Reform. As a senior advisor to GROWpac, he advised House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts (R–OK) on strategic and political issues. {mosimage}
    The Distinguished Speaker series is free and open to the public

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