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Michele Norris to Discuss Her Book, The Grace of Silence at MCTC

Michele NorrisAuthor and NPR journalist Michele Norris will visit MCTC's campus on Oct. 5, 12 - 1:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre to discuss her new book, "The Grace of Silence." The event is part of the city of Minneapolis' One Minneapolis, One Read. This event is free and open to the public.

About One Minneapolis, One Read

Read the book. Join the conversation. One Minneapolis, One Read is Minneapolis’ first-ever community read where everyone in town is invited to read the same book. One Minneapolis, One Read will bring people in the city together and spark conversations about race, family and neighborhood history. "The Grace of Silence" describes the experience of the Norrises as the first black family on the block in a south Minneapolis neighborhood.

The idea for a community read emerged following a controversial debate over a Minneapolis dog park. Neighbors wanted to find ways to talk about race and increase understanding. The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Libraries and Minneapolis Public Schools are promoting literacy and respectful public dialogue in this initiative. Minneapolis residents can play a positive role in their communities and explore important – sometimes difficult – issues that they face as a community by reading "The Grace of Silence" and getting involved.

The book is available for purchase in the MCTC Bookstore.

About Michele Norris

Michele Norris is one of the most trusted voices in American Journalism. Her voice informs, engages and en- lightens listeners with thoughtful interviews and in depth reporting as one of the hosts of NPR’s flagship afternoon broadcast, All Things Considered. Michele uses an approachable interviewing style that is at once relaxed and rigorous. She’s interviewed world leaders, nobel laureates, Oscar winners, American Presidents, military leaders, influential newsmakers and even astronauts traveling in outer space.

In her first book she turns her formidable interviewing and investigative skills on her own background to unearth long hidden family secrets that raise questions about her racial legacy and shed new light on America’s complicated racial history.

Before joining NPR in 2002, Michele spent almost ten years as a reporter for ABC News in the Washington Bureau. She has also worked as a staff writer for the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

Michele has received numerous awards for her work. In 2009, she was named "Journalist of the Year" by the National Association of Black Journalists. NABJ recognized Norris for her body of work, in addition to her cover- age of the 2008 presidential campaign — when she co-hosted NPR's Democratic Presidential Candidates Debate, covered both conventions, anchored multi-hour election and inauguration live broadcasts and moderated a series of candid conversations with voters on the intersection of race and politics. That series earned Michele and Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep an Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broad- casting. A four-time Pulitzer Price entrant, Norris has also been honored with NABJ's 2006 Salute to Excellence Award, for her coverage of Hurricane Katrina; the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Achievement Award; and the 1990 Livingston Award for a series about a six-year-old who lived in a crack house. That series was re- printed in the book, Ourselves Among Others, along with essays by Vaclav Havel, Nelson Mandela, Annie Dillard and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. She was named one of Essence Magazine's 25 Most Influential Black Americans in 2009; elected to Ebony Magazine's Power 150 list in 2009; and honored with Ebony's 8th Outstanding Women in Marketing & Communications Award, in 2007.

Norris also earned both an Emmy Award and Peabody Award for her contribution to ABC News' coverage of 9/ 11. She is on the judging committee for both the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Livingston Awards. Norris is also a frequent guest on Meet the Press and The Chris Matthews Show on NBC.

She attended the University of Wisconsin, where she majored in electrical engineering and graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she studied journalism. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband Broderick Johnson, an attorney with their two young children and an adult step-son!

"The Grace of Silence: A Memoir" is Michele’s first book.