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Charles Ogletree To Make Rare Appearance At Merced College Community Forum Event

Charles OgletreeJanuary 7, 2005

With a best-selling book under his belt, a distinguished career as a law professor, and a reputation for being one of the nation’s preeminent legal theorists, one might think that Charles Ogletree Jr. has little time to visit his hometown.

Not a chance.

The brilliant Harvard Law School professor is coming back to Merced for a public forum at Merced College. Charles Ogletree Jr. will appear in the College’s Lesher Library Room 1 Theater (L1) on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. The event, part of the College’s Black History Month observance, is free and open to the public.

“We invite everyone to come out and meet or welcome back to Merced this internationally renowned professor of law,” said Dr. Larry M. Johnson, vice president for Administration.

Ogletree’s appearance is sponsored by Merced College Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOP&S) and the Merced County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Ogletree will talk about issues surrounding his best-selling book of last year, “All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education.” The book, released in April 2004 to enthusiastic reviews from scholars and fans alike, was included on Essence Magazine’s best seller list.

Ogletree has earned credentials as a prominent legal theorist with an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law.

In April 2004, he was appointed director of Harvard Law School’s new Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. The Institute was formed to focus on a variety of issues relating to race and justice, sponsor research, hold conferences and provide policy analysis.

In 1998, Ogletree was awarded the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law Chair at Harvard Law School. He holds honorary doctorates of law from North Carolina Central University, New England School of Law, Tougaloo College, Amherst College, Wilberforce University, and the University of Miami School of Law.

He earned his master’s and baccalaureate degrees in Political Science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a juris doctorate degree from Harvard Law School where he served as Special Projects Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review.
Ogletree is the co-author of the award-winning book, “Beyond the Rodney King Story: An Investigation of Police Conduct in Minority Communities,” and he frequently contributes to many journals and law reviews. He has a long record of commitment and service to public schools and higher education. He continues to serve as the chairman of the Board of the B.E.L.L. Foundation, which is committed to educating minority children in after school programs in Boston, New York, and Washington D.C..

In addition, Ogletree served as one of the founding members and trustee of the Benjamin Banneker Charter School in Cambridge, a school that provides educational opportunities in math, science and technology to minority children in public school setting.

Ogletree attended public schools in his hometown of Merced and has set up a scholarship fund that now annually provides support for needy students who want to pursue higher education.

A book signing will be held at the conclusion of the forum. For more information or advance book purchase, contact Dr. Johnson (209) 384-6108, or Francis Steindorf EOPS director, at (209) 384-6092. Books will also be available at the event.

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