Legal Scholar Charles Ogletree Jr. to Visit RIT, April 27




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Prominent legal scholar and author Charles Ogletree Jr. will visit Rochester Institute of Technology to discuss the impact of Brown v. Board of Education over the past 50 years. He will present “All Deliberate Speed: From Brown to Tulsa,” at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, in Ingle Auditorium of the Student Alumni Union on the RIT campus.

Ogletree is professor of law at Harvard Law School and founding and executive director of the new Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, named in honor of the lawyer who spearheaded the litigation in Brown v. Board of Education.

The author of several books, Ogletree co-authored Brown at 50: The Unfinished Legacy, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, and published a historical memoir, All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education. He also co-authored Beyond the Rodney King Story: An Investigation of Police Conduct in Minority Communities.

In 1991, Ogletree served as legal counsel to Anita Hill during the Senate confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas. His reflections on those experiences are contained in “The People vs. Anita Hill: The Case for Client-Centered Advocacy,” a chapter of the book, Race, Gender and Power in America.

“Professor Ogletree provides a keen assessment of the 1954 Brown decision’s enduring effects on desegregation in our schools and neighborhoods,” says Murli Sinha, chair of RIT’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. “He enables us to see the limits as well as the promises of that watershed in the movement for racial equality.”

The event—free and open to the public—is sponsored by RIT’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology. For more information, 585-475-2896 or 585-475-6701.