University of Rochester

EVENT: Cosby Collaborator, Author to Give MLK Commemorative Address

January 20, 2011

WHO: Perhaps best known for his decades-long collaborations with actor and comedian Bill Cosby, Harvard University psychiatrist and noted author Alvin F. Poussaint will deliver the University of Rochester 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Address.

UPDATE: The press opportunity with Dr. Poussaint has been canceled. PRESS OPPORTUNITY: A press conference with Poussaint will be held from 3 to 3:25 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus.

COMMEMORATIVE ADDRESS: 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, Strong Auditorium on the River Campus.

WHAT: The culmination of a weeklong celebration of King's life and the kick-off for Black History Month, the annual address is sponsored by the College Diversity Roundtable and the Office of the President.

ABOUT DR. ALVIN F. POUSSAINT: Poussaint served as a script consultant to both The Cosby Show and A Different World, ensuring that the humor in the sitcoms was appropriate for all ages and that the script portrayed a positive image of African Americans and avoided stereotypes. Poussaint and Cosby also co-wrote the New York Times best seller Come On People! On the Path from Victims to Victors.

During the civil rights movement, Poussaint worked with the Medical Committee for Human Rights in Jackson, Miss., advocating for the desegregation of medical facilities in the South and providing health care for civil rights workers.

PARKING: Visitors may park in the Library Lot, located on Library Road behind Rush Rhees Library and should pick up parking tokens and hang tags at the Parking Booth on Wilson Boulevard to gain access into the lot.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Members of the media can check in with Melissa Greco Lopes by calling 585.260.6666 or e-mailing