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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy Address Obstacles to Black Voting in the 2012 Election
Elaine R. Jones and Barbara R. Arnwine

WASHINGTON (November 13, 2012) – Prominent attorneys from the NAACP and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law will lead a discussion on effects of voter suppression initiatives on the African-American vote in the 2012 election. The discussion is the second Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy lecture this semester and will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov 14 in the School of Business auditorium.

Former President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Elaine R. Jones will facilitate the lecture. She will be joined by Barbara R. Arnwine, president and executive director for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The second lecture is a follow up to a pre-election discussion on the same topic on Oct. 24.

Established in 2008 with the King’s $1 million donation to the University, the chair is intended to encourage highly accomplished individuals to come to Howard to share their experiences with current students. The Kings, who are both Howard alumni, inaugurated the chair to reflect their years in public service and the media. In the spring, the King lectures will address the prison system, education, individual rights and coalition building.

Jones is the fourth president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). Jones, a Howard alumna, earned a degree in Political Science from the College of Arts and Sciences. In recognition of her achievements, Howard awarded her an honorary Doctorate of Law in 1996. She is also the first African-American woman graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. She also played an influential role in increasing the number of African-American federal judges nationwide.

Barbara R. Arnwine, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law since 1989, is internationally renowned for civil, human and women’s rights. She continues to champion civil rights issues nationally and internationally in the areas of housing, fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice. Arnwine’s awards include the National Bar Association’s Gertrude E. Rush Award in 2011 and the Washington D.C. Freedom’s Sisters Award in 2009. In 2011, she received the prestigious Gruber International Justice Prize and in 2008 she was selected as a Rockwood Institute Leadership Fellow.

About Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King
Gwendolyn Stewart King, who graduated in 1962 with degrees in French and education, went on to a distinguished career including serving as commissioner of the Social Security Administration and as director of Monsanto Company, Marsh & McLennan Companies and Lockheed Martin Corporation, whose charitable awards program made the gift to Howard possible. Meanwhile, Mr. Colbert King, who graduated in 1961 with a bachelor’s in government from the College of Arts and Sciences, has had a similarly distinguished career, including 16 years at The Washington Post. In 2003, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for what the committee called his “against the grain columns that speak to people in power with ferocity and wisdom.”


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