Tavis Smiley to be Tuskegee's convocation speaker

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - Author and talk show host Tavis Smiley has been chosen to be the speaker at Tuskegee University's homecoming.

Smiley will talk to students and alumni at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the University Chapel in Tuskegee, Ala. Smiley's half-hour nightly talk show on PBS reaches 92 percent of America's households and is seen in 187 countries. His annual symposium, "State of the Black Union," engages thousands who attend the event and more than 100 million viewers worldwide. Alumni classes at the 2009 Homecoming/Charter Day Convocation also will present the university with donations to benefit the institution and students.

The class of 1984 will be celebrating its 25th reunion along with reunions for 1974, 1979, 1994, 1999 and 2004.

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