Jeff Johnson, award-winning investigative journalist, social activist and political commentator, will be the keynote speaker Friday, March 8, at the 21st Annual Soul Food Celebration, sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College’s Black Student Union and Office of Student Life. Part of MATC’s Black History Month celebration, Johnson will present “Social Justice: America’s Moral Imperative.” A reception begins at 5 p.m. and the program/dinner starts at 6 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St. Tickets are $50, and proceeds benefit MATC’s Black Student Union.
Johnson won a National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence Award in 2008 for his “Life & Death in Darfur, Jeff Johnson Reports” series on BET (Black Entertainment Television LLC). He is a regular commentator on issues related to race, politics, popular culture and socioeconomics for the BlackAmericaWeb.com’s “Tom Joyner Morning Show”; MSNBC’s “Dayside” and “Hardball with Chris Matthews”; CNN’s “Headline News”; Fox News; The Huffington Post; CNN.com; theRoot.com; EbonyJet.com; and Upscale magazine. He landed exclusive interviews with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female head of state.
Advance tickets for the dinner will be available in Room M322 in the Main Building and S303 in the Student Center at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 700 W. State St. They are also available at the Cashier’s Offices at MATC’s Downtown Milwaukee, Mequon , Oak Creek and West Allis campuses. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call (414) 297-7373.
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