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By Teyonna Ridgeway
University News Service      

Political Strategist Donna Brazile
Urges Student Activism

WASHINGTON (December 3, 2013) – Donna Brazile, influential political strategist and CNN commentator, urged young adults to increase their involvement in politics. The lecture, hosted by the Freshman Leadership Academy, was held Dec. 4 in the Gallery Lounge of Blackburn Center.

In her remarks, Brazile explained how Howard alumni, including the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder and California Attorney General Kamala Harris, inspired Brazile’s own career and shaped American politics. Brazile advised students to follow in the footsteps of Howard alumni by launching careers in politics and to get to work on those careers early.

“There are attempts now to suppress your vote because they know you have the power to transform American elections,” Brazile said. “But if you’re not at that table when decisions are being made, your wants and needs won’t be considered.”

Brazile is vice-chair of voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She served as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential election. A native of Louisiana, Brazile started her career in politics early, working in the local and state levels.

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