Noted television journalist and best-selling author Tony Brown will talk about his mothers positive influence on his life at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the West Virginia University Mountainlair Ballrooms.

Brown will discuss his recent book,What Mama Taught Me: The Seven Core Values of Life.The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of WVU s 50th anniversary celebration of the Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing segregation in public schools.

To have someone of Tony Browns caliber and renown speak on the values instilled by his mother is a fitting way to conclude our first-semester activities in observance of the Brown ruling,said Dana Brooks, chairman of the WVU Brown v. BOE steering committee and dean of the School of Physical Education.

Brown is the host ofTony Browns Journal,the longest-running series on PBS . The New York Daily News included the weekly television series among its top 10 shows of all time that project positive images of blacks.

Brown is also the former chief executive officer of the Urban America Television Network.

For his work in television, he has been inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and SciencesSilver Circle, joining the ranks of suchsmall screenicons as Walter Cronkite. Recently, Brown became the first recipient of the National Directors Legacy Award for Journalism from the U.S. Department of Commerces Minority Business Development Agency.

Brown is also the author of two other bestsellers:Black Lies, White Lies: The Truth According to Tony BrownandEmpower the People.

An accomplished educator, Brown became dean of the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism on Aug. 30. He was also the first dean of the School of Communications at Howard University.

Brown earned a bachelors degree in sociology and a masters degree in psychiatric social work, both from Wayne State University in Detroit. He has also received numerous honorary doctoral degrees.

WVU s Brown v. Board of Education celebration will resume in February.

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