The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum will present Juan Williams, FOX news political analyst and “Fox News Sunday” panelist, as the featured speaker for the museum’s 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. program on Jan. 14, at 7 p.m.
Williams’ remarks addressing the topic “King Alive: His Dream Lives on Today” will be followed by dialogue with Essence magazine’s Washington correspondent Cynthia Gordy at Baird Auditorium in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History at 10th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W.

The event includes a performance by Taratibu Youth Association Steppers, a pan-African performance group based in Washington. Two of Williams’ books will be available for sale and signing.

“Historically, we have presented speakers whose work or life represents an aspect of Dr. King’s philosophy, and this year we chose Juan Williams who offers a less traditional viewpoint,” said Camille Giraud Akeju, director of the museum, in a statement. “This very difficult economy and fractious political climate have yielded a variety of voices seeking to overcome the vexing problems of today. We are not monolithic and different approaches provide food for thought.”

A journalist for more than 25 years and a former Washington Post columnist and White House correspondent, Williams made international headlines recently after being released from his position as an NPR senior news correspondent over remarks he made on FOX’s “O’Reilly Factor.” He has also written six books, including the New York Times best-seller, Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America—and What We Can Do About It, which ignited debate with its analysis of African American leadership, culture and the lessons of the Civil Rights Movement.

Gordy writes the popular “Obama Watch” blog for Esssence covering the policies and activities of the White House and Congress, quarterly magazine features and the monthly roundup page called “Ten Things We’re Talking About” covering 10 hot news stories. Named the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2009 Emerging Journalist of the Year and one of the NAACP’s 2010 “40 Under 40,” Gordy previously served as the news editor for Essence.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. To obtain more information or make reservations, the public may e-mail or call 202- 633-4875.