Sunday, February 14, 2010

Harvard Professor To Deliver Black History Month Address

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.

Lani GuinierGuinier came to public attention when she was nominated by President Clinton in 1993 to head the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, only to have her name withdrawn without a confirmation hearing.

Guinier turned that incident into a powerful personal and political memoir, Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice.

Guinier has received numerous awards, including the 1995 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession; the Champion of Democracy Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus; the Rosa Parks Award from the American Association for Affirmative Action; the Harvey Levin Teaching Award, given to her by the 1994 graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania; and the 2002 Sacks-Freund Teaching Award from Harvard Law School.

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.

Office of Media Relations Western Kentucky University 1906 College Heights Blvd., Bowling Green, Ky. 42101-3576 Phone: (270)745-4295 - Fax: (270)7455387 - E-Mail:

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