Apr 4, 2006

Congressman John Conyers to Speak at UT

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(Toledo, OH) John Conyers, Jr., a leader in the civil rights movement and the second most senior member of the US House of Representatives, will lecture on Monday, April 10 at noon in the College of Law auditorium.

Rep. Conyers became a member of the House in 1964, and is the only member of the Judiciary CommitteeCongress to sit in on the impeachment hearings of both President Nixon and President Clinton. Conyers also posts on his own blog.

The lecture series, sponsored by the UT College of Law and the Black Law Students Association, is dedicated to addressing issues of race and diversity in the legal system.

Following the free public lecture, a luncheon will be held at 1 p.m. in the Horton International House. All funds from tickets sold to the luncheon will go toward scholarships for outstanding law students committed to BLSA and to service in general.

There is a special student rate of $20. Tickets to the luncheon are normally $40 per person and $300 for a table of 8. Sponsorships are also available at the $50, $100, and $200 levels. Sponsors are entitled to a lunch and will be listed in the luncheon program.

To purchase a ticket and support this important cause, contact Kathleen Amerkhanian, Director of Law Communications, at 419.530.2712.

3 comments:

-Sepp said...

My question for this is why does there need to be a "black" prefix on these groups? For a country that is trying to hurdle racial barriers and have equality for everyone why are we allowing certain ethnic groups to have their own exclusionary assns and unions? There is no "white" student's union or "white" law students law assn nor would such thing exist without being called a racist organization. How long would a white congressman's carreer last if he were to speak to a "white" labeled group and have the proceeds go toward scholarships for students in the "WLSA"? How could one group be labeled racist while the other is called "an important cause"? They should either BOTH be allowed and deemed important or BOTH be disallowed if we're truely striving for equality. The whole sepratism crap is turning into animal farmism where some are more equal than others.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Mike,

I also have a few questions about this "event," just out of curiosity, mind you:

"The lecture series, sponsored by the UT College of Law and the Black Law Students Association, is dedicated to addressing issues of race and diversity in the legal system."

In the interests of race and diversity, does the BLSA ever invite non-black speakers?



"All funds from tickets sold to the luncheon will go toward scholarships for outstanding law students committed to BLSA and to service in general."

Again, in the interest of race and diversity, Are there now, or have there ever been any non-black scholarship recipients?


Or, is this, as I suspect, another racially divisive event "sponsored and promoted" by the current crop of racists, under the guise of diversity?

I wonder. . .

historymike said...

Good questions, sepp and Hooda.

I would like to live in a world in which we no longer focus on skin color as a source of identity ot discrimination. I hope that I will live to see that day.