We will bring together an audience of over 1,000 attendees consisting of corporate sponsors, politicians, members of grassroots organizations and the community-at-large. Our primary mission is to honor the principles espoused by Dr. King and to foster positive community relations.
The program includes a dynamic keynote address that will invigorate the cross-section of the citizenry in Tampa Bay and offer positive solutions to the problems and concerns of the Tampa Bay community. An awards ceremony will also be included in the program at which we will honor corporations and individuals for their positive contributions to the community.
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2020 Keynote Speaker
Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
TOBA is excited to announce Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. as the keynote speaker for the 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Breakfast. Glaudeis the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Princeton University who began his teaching career at Bowdoin College. He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest professional organization of scholars of religion in the world. Glaude is the author of several books, including, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, which has been described as “one of the most imaginative, daring books of the twenty-first century.” His most recent book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, is scheduled for release in April of 2020. Of Baldwin, Glaude writes, “Baldwin’s writing does not bear witness to the glory of America. It reveals the country’s sins, and the illusion of innocence that blinds us to the reality of others. Baldwin’s vision requires a confrontation with our history (with slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and with whiteness) to overcome its hold on us. Not to posit the greatness of America, but to establish the ground upon which to imagine the country anew.
Glaude speaks to the complex dynamics of the American experience. His most well-known books, Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul and In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, take a wide look at black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States, and the challenges our democracy faces. In his writings, the country’s complexities, vulnerabilities, and the opportunities for hope come into full view: hope that is in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B Du Bois, “not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful.”
His books on religion and philosophy include: An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion, African American Religion: A Very Short Introduction and Exodus!, and Religion, Race and Nation in Early 19th Century Black America, which was awarded the Modern Language Association’s William Sanders Scarborough Book Prize. Glaude is the author of two edited volumes, and many influential articles about religion for academic journals. Known to be a convener of conversations and debates, Glaude takes care to engage fellow citizens of all ages and backgrounds – from young activists, to fellow academics, journalists and commentators, and followers on Twitter in dialogue about the direction of the nation. In 2011 he delivered Harvard’s DuBois lectures. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Colgate University, delivering commencement remarks titled, “Turning Our Backs” that was recognized by The New York Times as one of the best commencement speeches of the year. He is a columnist for Time magazine and a MSNBC contributor on programs like Morning Joe and Deadline Whitehouse with Nicolle Wallace. He also regularly appears on Meet the Press on Sundays. Glaude hosts the podcast AAS 21, recorded at Princeton University in Stanhope Hall, the African American Studies department’s home. He is from Moss Point, Mississippi and is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. He holds a master’s degree in African American Studies from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.