Williams wrote the book after he was fired from his position as a senior correspondent at NPR in 2010 for saying he felt nervous when he saw people in traditional Muslim dress getting on airplanes. The comments were made on Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor.
The book has served as Williams' "launching pad to discuss the countless ways in which honest debate in America - from the halls of Congress and the health care town halls to the talk shows and print media - is stifled," according to its entry on amazon.com.
“Given the fact that we are in the midst of a presidential race, and a very intense one at that, I couldn’t think of a better time to bring a nationally known political analyst like Mr. Williams to our campus,” said Robert Owens, director of Minority Affairs at TTU. “As is fitting for a university campus, I believe his talk will be challenging and really cause the audience to think critically about what he says.”
Williams worked for NPR for about a decade and wrote for The Washington Post as a reporter and columnist for more than 20 years. After being fired from NPR, Fox News hired him as an analyst and guest host for The O'Reilly Factor. He had been a contributor to the network since the late 1990s.
He has written seven books, including several about the American civil rights movement, including “Eyes on the Prize.” He won an Emmy for a documentary based on one of his books.
Sponsored by TTU’s Center Stage and the Commission on the Status of Blacks, Williams will deliver his talk in the Multipurpose Room on the second floor of the Roaden University Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public.