Talk show host Tavis Smiley is Tuskegee's convocation speaker

Tavis Smiley, an author and host of the half-hour nightly talk show on PBS, will be the 2009 Homecoming/Charter Day Convocation speaker at Tuskegee University.

He will talk to students and alumni at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at the University Chapel in Tuskegee, Ala.

Smiley's show reaches 92 percent of America’s households and is seen in 187 countries. His annual symposium, “State of the Black Union,” engages thousands who attend the event and more than 100 million viewers worldwide.

During the convocation, alumni classes also will present the university with donations to benefit the institution and students. The class of 1984 will be celebrating its 25th reunion along with reunions for 1974, 1979, 1994, 1999 and 2004.