Columnist Eugene Robinson to Emcee Claflin University’s 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala Featuring Bill Cosby



Eugene Robinson

[Dallas, TX – September 12th, 2014]

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and Orangeburg native Eugene Robinson will serve as the emcee at Claflin University’s 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala.

The 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala – set for 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center – will be held in honor of President Henry N. Tisdale and Mrs. Alice Carson Tisdale for their 20 years of dedicated service to Claflin University, as well as all employees who have provided at least 20 years of service to the institution.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by the incomparable Bill Cosby, one of America’s most beloved television fathers and whose off-screen comedic routines transcend age, gender and culture. Tickets are $200 per person, or $5,000 for sponsorship tables of 10. The purpose of the gala is to raise $1 million in support of student scholarships and to establish an endowed chair in honor of the Tisdales.

Robinson – who grew up near the Claflin campus – served as the University’s keynote speaker during its 2009 Commencement Convocation. His mother, Louisa, was the head librarian at Claflin for more than 31 years and served the University for more than 45 years. He attended Felton Laboratory School and Orangeburg High School, where he was one of a few black students at the previously all-white campus.
Robinson continued his education at the University of Michigan, where during his senior year he became the first black student to be named co-editor-in-chief of the award-winning campus newspaper, The Michigan Daily. Robinson writes a twice-a-week column on politics and culture for The Washington Post, contributes to the PostPartisan blog and hosts a weekly online chat with readers. During his three-decade career at The Post, Robinson has been city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s Style section. He started writing a column for the Op-Ed page in 2005.

In 2009, Robinson received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for “his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.” Robinson is the author of “Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America” (2010), “Last Dance in Havana” (2004), and “Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race” (1999).Robinson is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has received numerous journalism awards. He lives with his wife and two sons in Arlington, Va.

For more information or to purchase tickets or sponsorship for the 20th Anniversary Visionary Leadership Gala, contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 803-535-5238 or 803-535-5722, or visit


Claflin University is an accredited, comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with The United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869 and located in Orangeburg, S.C., Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs.

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Date: September 12, 2014

Contact:  Charlene D. Slaughter

(803)-535-5077 (Office)


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