CNN Commentator Roland S. Martin to Keynote Aspire Foundation Awards Dinner, July 28 In Greensboro, NC

Jul 15, 2009, 08:00 ET from Aspire Foundation

GREENSBORO, N.C., July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Award-winning journalist and CNN commentator Roland S. Martin will provide the keynote address for the Aspire Foundation Awards dinner on Tuesday, July 28, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Revolution Mills Studio event center located at 900 Revolution Mills Drive in Greensboro, NC. Founded by businessmen Jonathan Graham, president of Horus Construction, and Todd Baldwin, M/WBE Coordinator for Guilford County Schools, the Aspire Foundation's mission is to increase opportunities for minority-owned businesses in the construction industry by informing stakeholders about construction opportunities and promoting efforts of inclusion and collaboration among minority businesses. The event is open to the business community. Tickets are $150, and the attire is business dress.

The theme for this year's 2009 inaugural Aspire Awards Dinner is "Recognizing Excellence in Our Community." Six awards will be given out to local business and community leaders for their service and commitment to enhancing opportunities and increasing capacity-building for minority firms. Guilford County Schools also will be recognized as one of the event sponsors.

Keynote speaker Roland S. Martin is a nationally recognized, award-winning journalist and nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. He is author of "Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith," and "Speak, Brother! A Black Man's View of America." Martin is a commentator for TV One Cable Network. He is also a CNN Analyst, appearing on a variety of shows, including Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull, The Situation Room, Anderson Cooper 360, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and many others. In August 2007, he joined Essence Magazine as a special correspondent, writing a bi-monthly column and a daily blog on And in October 2008, he joined the Tom Joyner Morning Show as senior analyst.

The Aspire Foundation will host a daylong series of activities on July 28, including: Speed Networking for Businesses; Business Opportunity Fair; Business Showcase & Exhibits; Business Luncheon; VIP/Sponsors Reception; Aspire Awards Dinner; and Book Signing with Roland S. Martin.

Five-minute, one-on-one interviews with Mr. Roland Martin can be scheduled by contacting V.K. Fields & Co. Public Relations at (919) 829-5951. To register for the event, purchase tickets or secure sponsorship opportunities, log on to or visit

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