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Release Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 1:54 PM
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Sholnn Freeman
Communications Specialist
Organizing Communities for Social Change
Is Featured Topic at Howard University King Lecture
Edward A. Hailes, Jr.

WASHINGTON (April 11, 2013) – Jalaya Liles Dunn, director of youth leadership and development for the Children’s Defense Fund, and Edward A. Hailes, Jr., general counsel and managing director of the Advancement Project, will discuss community organizing in a presentation entitled, “Don’t Go It Alone: Engaging and Organizing Communities for Social Change.” The event will take place at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the School of Business auditorium.

Dunn and Hailes will be joined by Elaine Jones, former president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The lecture is a part of the Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Lecture series, which is themed, “Civic Equality in the 21st Century: The Political Process, Education, Economic Power and Individual Rights.”

Dunn directs the Children’s Defense Fund’s youth leadership development efforts and is responsible for helping train and prepare the next generation of leaders and child advocates. Her work experience has been in education and community development, where she designs programs and curriculums (or curricula) for children, youth and adults. Dunn is a graduate of Spelman College and also has a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina. She has served as a CDF Freedom School student and college intern, an Ella Baker Trainer and a CDF staff member in Bennettsville, S.C., her hometown.

As general counsel and managing director for the Advancement Project, Hailes is a member of the senior management team, participating with other senior managers in delivering the strategic priorities and activities of the organization. He also serves as in-house counsel, monitoring and ensuring staff compliance with legal requirements and grant restrictions, including lobbying activities, employment practices, and contractual obligations. A former general counsel for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, he directed the commission’s investigation into allegations of voting irregularities in Florida during the November 2000 presidential election. He also directed the commission’s high-profile hearings on police practices and civil rights in New York City, which was sparked by the police shooting of Amadou Diallo. Hailes also served for 10 years as a legal, then legislative, counsel for the NAACP. A graduate of Howard University School of Law, he also earned his undergraduate degree at Howard and was an honors program graduate. Reverend Hailes is the assistant to the pastor of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.

Established in 2008 with Gwendolyn and Colbert King’s $1 million donation to the University, the lecture series enables highly accomplished individuals to come to Howard to share their experiences with students. The Kings, who are Howard alumni, inaugurated the series after pursuing successful careers in public service and the media. The discussion on social activism is the fourth lecture of this academic year.

Jalaya Liles Dunn


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