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Bridge Speaker and Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Joy-Ann Reid

2020 Distinguished Visiting Professor

Joy-Ann Reid Standing in black clothing her hands together in front of her.Joy-Ann Reid is the host of "AM Joy", on MSNBC, the author of the books Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons and the Racial Divide, We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama, and The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story. She co-hosts the podcast Reid This / Reid That with journalist and "New York Live" co-host Jacque Reid. 

During the 2004 presidential campaign, Reid served as the Florida deputy communications director for the 527 "America Coming Together" initiative and was a press aide in the final stretch of President Barack Obama's Florida campaign in 2008.

Reid graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a concentration in documentary film and is a 2003 Knight Center for Specialized Journalism fellow. She and her husband, editor Jason Reid, own a documentary film company called Image Lab Media Group. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and family.

   2020 Schedule of Events

Community Event and Awards

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m

Shorter Community AME Church

3100 Richard Allen Court

Denver, CO 80205



Campus Presentations

Thursday, February 27, 2020

11:00 p.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Tivoli Turnhalle

900 Auraria Parkway

Denver, CO 80204

Tamara Banks


Emmy Award winning journalist Tamara Banks lives her motto: “One Person Can Make a Difference.”

Banks is a freelance TV journalist, talk show host and documentary filmmaker, focusing on social justice, and dedicated to creating transformative social change through excellence in journalism.

Her areas of expertise include social justice and political issues across the U.S. and internationally, particularly in South Sudan and Darfur. She also shines light on other parts of the globe where there is little or no news coverage about crimes against humanity and genocide. Her documentary short film, “The Long Journey Home” about former slaves stolen by the Janjaweed during a civil was in Sudan, was featured in the 2009 Hollywood Film Festival, “HollyShorts.”

Banks has covered some of the biggest stories in recent U.S. history from the Columbine High School and Aurora Movie Theater shootings, to the 2008 Democratic Convention in Denver and the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She also continues to travel to Uganda to interview child soldiers, as well as to Rwanda where she reports on that country’s post-genocide challenges and successes.

Her work has been featured on numerous news networks including PBS, CNN, ABC News, HDNet's World Report, BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera, WB 2 News, FOX News, as well on as a number of radio stations and newspapers over the past 20 plus years.

Banks is currently based in Atlanta, GA, where she continues to be on the front lines of stories in the southeast part of the U.S. keep viewers informed on issues that impact their lives like no one else can. She’s a correspondent/producer and for a new cable news network, Black News Channel.

In her spare time, Banks is also an accomplished equestrian, riding since she was four years old. She plays polo, “the sport of kings” (and queens.) Her nickname is “Taz” – not as in Tasmanian devil, rather Tasmanian angel!

Banks is also a sought after mistress of ceremonies and is available to host and/or moderate panels of community interest ad impact. To contact her for bookings and/or freelance assignments, she can be reached at one of the following links below:

Bridge Speaker

The Bridge Speaker event is the annual tradition of an influential African-American woman being invited to speak on social issues and educational topics and here at MSU Denver. The Bridge Speaker is a dedicated African-American Woman who speaks about her work and impact on our society and thereby to symbolize the bridge between Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March. Now in its 30th year, this long-standing tradition serves as a forum to educate our campus on the experiences and contributions of African-American women. It also addresses diversity initiatives like fostering social awareness, academic enrichment, and increasing multi-cultural campus competencies.

Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship

The Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship was initiated in 1981 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The professorship brings renowned scholars and artists of distinction to MSU Denver to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community.

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We are looking for nominations for the Hope for the Future Award. We are also accepting application for the Rachel B. Noel Scholarship.

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