Award-winning journalist and MSNBC political commentator Joy-Ann Reid provided highly entertaining and insightful remarks about the history and intersection of politics and race during a visit to NCC on May 4. Ms. Reid is the host of MSNBC’s AM Joy political weekend-morning talk show, a frequent contributor on many MSNBC programs and the author of the book Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide, which was published in 2015.
Ms. Reid’s comments spanned the Civil War to the present day, touching on the various hardships facing African Americans over the years as well as the achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr., President Lyndon Johnson and others in helping to improve and foster racial equality. She spent some time analyzing voter support among demographic groups for the 2008 and 2012 election victories by President Obama and how changes in support by these groups helped shape the surprising outcome of the latest Presidential election. Ms. Reid engaged in a lively Q&A session with a nearly full PepsiCo Theater audience, comprised of NCC faculty, staff and students and the local community.
The event was sponsored by NCC’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, in conjunction with the Office for Student Activities and the Student World Assembly, and made possible through the generous support of the NCC Foundation.