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Roland S. Martin - StudentsFirst Board of Directors

Roland S. Martin is a nationally syndicated, award-winning journalist and columnist who speaks eloquently about the role education can play in helping young people achieve their dreams. Currently, Martin is a political analyst for CNN, the host of “Washington Watch with Roland Martin” on TV One Cable Network and a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Martin is the author of “Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith,” “Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America,” and “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.”

Named by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States for three consecutive years, Martin is winner of the 2008 and 2009 NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview” and “In Conversation: The Senator Barack Obama Interview,” respectively. In 2009, CNN received the Peabody Award for outstanding 2008 election coverage during which Martin played an integral role as a member of the Best Political Team on Television.

Insightful and provocative, Martin has been an outspoken advocate for education reform. Calling education, “the civil rights issue of the 21st century,” Martin has spoken eloquently on the need to expand school choice in America and narrow the academic achievement gap between low-income, minority kids and wealthier, white students.

Martin is a life member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is a graduate of Jack Yates High School-Magnet School of Communications, and a graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism.

Roland Martin is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of “Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living.” The couple resides in Washington, D.C.