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March 16, 2004

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330
Press/Event Contact: Keith Smith, Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, 512-232-1393

NAACP Chairman Julian Bond to Speak at UT Law, April 9

Julian Bond
Julian Bond

WHAT: TMLS Distinguished Speakers Series featuring Julian Bond
WHEN: April 9, Refreshments from 2 -3 p.m.; Speaker at 3 p.m.
WHERE: UT School of Law, Charles I. Francis Auditorium, 2.114
WHO: The event is free and open to the public.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Thurgood Marshall Legal Society (TMLS) celebrates the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education with a talk by civil rights leader, writer and university professor Julian Bond at The University of Texas School of Law on Friday, April 9. Bond, the chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is a featured speaker in the TMLS Distinguished Speakers Series and will talk about "How Affirmative Action Affects Race Relations in this Country: Brown to Now."

The event, to be presented in association with the Student Bar Association, is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Law School's Charles I. Francis Auditorium. Refreshments will be served outside the auditorium from 2 to 3 p.m.

A key figure in the civil rights movement, Julian Bond was one of the founders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. He later served in the Georgia General Assembly. Bond is a Distinguished Professor in Residence at American University in Washington, D.C., and a professor of history at the University of Virginia. He has also narrated numerous documentaries, including the Academy Award-winning "A Time For Justice" and the critically acclaimed series "Eyes On The Prize." He has served since 1998 as Chairman of the Board of the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States.

"Fifty years ago a major victory was accomplished in the name of equality," Keith Smith, the president of TMLS, said about the Supreme Court's decision in the Brown case that was credited with officially ending segregation in schools. "Julian Bond has been a champion for equality and an advocate for the rights of African-Americans for nearly a half of a century. His visit to our law school is both timely and necessary. Necessary because we need to understand where we have been and where we are going from someone who has lived 'the fight' for most of his life," Smith said. "And timely because in addition to celebrating the anniversary of the Brown decision we have to gain an understanding of what the Grutter decision — the recent Supreme Court decision which overturned parts of the Hopwood decision that disallowed race as a consideration for admission purposes — means for our future," he said.

TMLS is a student organization at The University of Texas School of Law that provides a medium for addressing issues that are important to minority students, particularly those of African-American decent. It is the UT affiliate of the National Black Law Students' Association. For more information email TMLS at tmls@mail.law.utexas.edu.

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