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2016 Founders Day Breakfast


Roland S. MartinRoland S. Martin
Television Commentator

Journalist, Columnist, and Commentator Roland Sebastian Martin was born November 11, 1968 in Houston, Texas’ Third Ward, the center of Houston's African American community. Roland’s mother and father where his role-models growing up and his father was an avid newspaper reader and fan of television news. When Roland was 14, he found his passion for communications as he was part of the magnet program in communications at Jack Yates High School. In 1987, Roland attended Texas A&M University on academic scholarship, were he studied journalism and worked for the Bryan-College Station Eagle and for KBTX (Channel 3). As a junior in college Martin pledged Pi Omicron Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and attended the National Association of Black Journalist convention.

In 1991 Roland graduated Texas A&M with a B.A. in Journalism and began working at the Austin American-Statesman. Roland eventually left Austin American-Statesman and became a city hall reporter for Forth Worth Star-Telegram. In 1995 he became a morning driver reporter with KRLD radio as sports reporter. During his time at KRLD he won top sports reporting award from the National Association of Black Journalists; and honors from the Houston Press Club. Roland became news editor and morning anchor of KKDA 730 AM radio, as well as editor at Dallas Weekly. In 2000, Roland was working as a freelance producer covering the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles and suffered a ruptured appendix; his medical bills led him to file bankruptcy.

In 2001, Roland became the first editor of founded by Tom Joyner and married Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin. He returned to radio as a news correspondent for the American Urban Radio Network and as a sports commentator on Washington, D.C., radio station WOL's "Fifth Quarter Program.” He also launched the ROMAR Media Group in Dallas, and became news editor for the new Savoy magazine. In 2007 Roland made his first appearance on CNN (later joins as contributor) and Fox television’s conservative-oriented O’Reilly Factor and wrote a column that was picked up by the nationally distributed Creators Syndicate and ran in the Detroit News, Denver Post, and Indianapolis Star. In 2004 Roland was hired as a consultant by the Chicago Defender and served as a radio talk show host for WVON-AM in Chicago. Roland has published three books and is named top 50 pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom. In 2008 he earned his masters degree in Christian Communications from Louisiana Baptist University. He is two time winner of the NAACP Image Award for Best Interview for “In Conversation: The Michelle Obama Interview,” and for “In Conversation: The Senator Barack Obama Interview”. Ebony Magazine has selected Roland as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States three times in a row. Currently he works as host and managing editor of “Washington watch with Roland Martin”, and recently launched “Roland a Fresh Perspective for the 21st Century” on

Roland Martin currently resided in Washington, D.C. with wife Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin.

2016 Founders day convocation


Anthony WaltersAnthony Walters
President CEO,
YMCA of South Hampton Roads

The YMCA of South Hampton Roads has named Anthony Walters as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective December 2, 2019. Selected by the Y’s Board of Directors, following a three-month search, Walters will succeed Billy George, who will enter retirement after over 44 years of loyal YMCA service. In his new role, Walters will be responsible for continuing to position the Y as a non-profit leader committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

“I am very excited that Anthony will be our next CEO and look forward to working with him in his new role,” said Terrie Edwards, Chair, Board of Directors for the YMCA of South Hampton Roads. “His passion for the Y, his commitment to partnering with the communities that we serve, and his skill in leading and developing strong teams, will enable him to build upon the solid foundation that Billy George has laid over the past seven years. Anthony is a strategic thinker who listens well and leads with conviction. He has the full support of our Board of Directors, and we look forward to working with him as our next CEO.”

“Growing up in Wilmington, Delaware, the Y was a daily refuge for me. I played basketball there frequently with my friends, developed my confidence, sharpened my athletic skill set, and gained an understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle. And now, after nearly a 20-year career with the Y movement, I have been given the opportunity to lead an organization with which I am deeply connected. I am blessed,” said Walters.

Walters currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at the YMCA of South Hampton Roads. In his current role, he has led hundreds of volunteers to over 250,000 hours of volunteerism to benefit causes of community outside of the walls of local YMCAs. Walters also notes that one of his more gratifying accomplishments in his current role is the growth and expansion efforts for the YMCA of South Hampton Roads through mergers with the YMCA of Portsmouth and the YMCA of South Boston/Halifax County. Prior to his time with the YMCA of South Hampton Roads, Walters worked for the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, and even spent time as a high school English teacher with Durham Public Schools. Walters holds a bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University, is a TowneBank Leadership Alliance Board Member, a member of Norfolk State University’s Foundation Board, a member of Virginia Wesleyan University’s President’s Council, President of the Norfolk Alumni Chapter of the Save Our Youth Foundation, Civic Leadership Institute Class of 2020, and a proud member of the Norfolk Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is an active community stakeholder focused on the Y’s cause to strengthen community.

Walters’ hope as the incoming CEO is that the Y is regarded as one of the most important places for neighbors to connect and engage with one another, in an environment that has the ability to change lives.