Sylvester Brown Jr. to Present 13th Annual Michael Davis Lecture

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 4, 2008 –Metro columnist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sylvester Brown, Jr., will present the Department of Communication’s Michael Davis Lecture March 19 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The Common Hour lecture is scheduled for noon in Rose Theatre. The lecture previously was scheduled in February but was postponed due to inclement weather. The event is free and open to the public and is part of the University’s Black History Month festivities.

The Michael Davis Lecture recognizes the contributions of African-Americans in the media. The event also honors the late Michael Davis, a mass communications student at Southeast who died as a result of a hazing incident.  

Brown, 48, was born and raised in St. Louis. Prior to his position with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Brown and his wife, Victoria, published Take Five Magazine, an investigative regional publication, for 15 years. The publication received more than 35 awards for its investigative series, general reporting and Brown’s political and social commentaries.

In December 2004, Brown’s essay “Either Way, It’s Missouri,” was featured in the photo/essay book Missouri 24/7 published by DK Books. He recently won the 2005 Terry Hughes Writing award from the St. Louis Newspaper Guild and two awards — “Best Column” and “Best Series” — from the St. Louis Association of Black Journalists.

Brown has been a guest on FOX network’s the “O’Reilly Factor,” Air American Radio’s “Al Franken Show,” PRI’s “The Tavis Smiley Show” and Syndication One’s “The Michael Eric Dyson” radio programs. Brown also was featured in a July 2005 segment of ABC’s “Nightline” focusing on his community forum featuring comedian and philanthropist Dr. Bill Cosby.

Brown and his wife live with their two daughters in the city of St. Louis. He has two older children and is also the grandfather of two.

For additional information on this event, contact Dr. Stuart Towns, chair of the Department of Communication, at (573) 651-2241.