Pulitzer winner speaking

"I always knew I was a writer. It was not a matter of deciding, it was a matter of accepting what I already was," said Pulitzer Prize winner Leonard Pitts Jr.

Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Utica College Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium, Pitts will give a presentation, "A Single Garment of Destiny," the title of which is taken from a speech given by Martin Luther King Jr. Pitts’ presentation will "convey how different cultures need to learn to accept diversity and live as one," organizers said.

Those attending are asked to park at Con-Med, 525 French Road. Transportation to the campus via shuttle bus will be provided. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.utica.edu/pitts or email publicrelations@utica.edu.

This presentation complements Utica College’s 2011-2012 campus theme of "Many Cultures, One Community" and is part of the college’s ongoing effort to address and promote diversity throughout the campus.

Pitts, a native of Southern California, has worked as columnist, a college professor, a radio producer and a lecturer during his 35-year career. However, Pitts would describe himself first and foremost as a writer.

Pitts has authored critically acclaimed novels such as Before I Forget and Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood. His column, "We’ll Go Forward From This Moment," an angry and defiant response to the 9/11 attacks, circulated the globe via the Internet. It generated more than 30,000 emails, and has since been set to music, reprinted in poster form, read on television by Regis Philbin and quoted by Congressman Richard Gephardt as part of the Democratic Party’s weekly radio address.

Pitts’ work has garnered him multiple awards. In 2001, he received the American Society of Newspaper Editors prestigious ASNE Award for commentary writing. In 2004, Pitts was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. He is a three-time recipient of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Award for Excellence, a five-time recipient of the Atlantic City Press Club’s National Headliners Award and a seven-time recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Award.