Bowling Green, Ky. - Award-winning Harvard Law School professor Lani Guinier will deliver the keynote address for Western Kentucky University’s 2010 Black History Month celebration on Feb. 24.
Guinier’s lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at Downing University Center Theatre.
Guinier is a graduate of Radcliffe College of Harvard University and Yale Law School. In 1998, she became the first African-American woman to be appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she was a tenured professor for 10 years at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
During the 1980s, she was head of the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and served in the Civil Rights Division during the Carter administration as special assistant to then-Assistant Attorney General Drew S. Days.
She is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees from schools which include Smith College, Spelman College, Swarthmore College and the University of the District of Columbia.
Event sponsors include WKU Campus Activities Board, Office of Diversity Programs, Diversity Enhancement Committee, African American Studies, School Journalism & Broadcasting, Women’s Studies and Housing and Residence Life with support from other organizations.
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