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University of Miami Black Law Student Association

What obligation does President Obama have to the black community? Should the first African-American president in U.S. history have a particular interest or obligation to the black community? This is the intriguing topic to be addressed at an upcoming University of Miami forum, “What Obligation Does President Obama Owe to the Black Community?”

Led by Harvard Law School professor and Obama family friend Charles Ogletree, who is a visiting professor at UM’s School of Law, the event will take place on Friday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in Storer Auditorium on the Coral Gables campus.

Professor Ogletree serves at Harvard Law School as the executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, as well as director of the Trial Advocacy Workshop and Saturday School Program. He is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law.

The panel will discuss race-related topics and hold a question-and-answer session after the discussion. Panelists will include Donald L. Graham, federal judge; Rodney Baltimore, Hot 105 Talk Radio host; Joaquin Willis, pastor; Vernell Reynolds, officer and president of Miami Community Police Benevolent Association; Charlton Copeland, UM professor; Vanessa Byers, immediate past president of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the Florida A&M University Alumni Association; and Lionel Moise, UM Student Government president.

The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. Storer Auditorium is located at the School of Business Administration.

More on Charles J. Ogletree.

Official website of University of Miami Black Law Student Association



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