to feature Derrick Bell Jan. 22
Bell, visiting professor at the New
York University Law School and author of Faces at the Bottom
Well, will be the keynote speaker at U.Va.'s celebration of Martin
Luther King's birthday. The free public event will be held Jan.
22 at 7:30 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium.
to the Future Through the Eyes of the Dreamer" is the theme
of this year's community-wide celebration. Sponsored by the Office
of African-American Affairs, the program will include poetry and
drama, as well as a book signing in Old Cabell Hall immediately
following Bell's talk.
civil rights activist for nearly 40 years, Bell is a well-known
essayist, author and legal scholar. His textbook, Race, Racism
and American Law, first published in 1971, is used in civil rights
courses across the country. One of the most popular of his seven
books, Faces at the Bottom of the Well (1992), consists of allegorical
stories on racial issues.
native of Pittsburgh, Bell received his law degree from the University
of Pittsburgh Law School. His early career included stints as
a Justice Department lawyer, a staff attorney of the NAACP Legal
Defense Fund and director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty
in Los Angeles.
In 1969, he became the first black professor at the Harvard Law
School and became its first black tenured faculty member in 1971.
Bell gained notoriety when he resigned in 1989 because the law
school refused to appoint a black woman professor. He then became
dean of the University of Oregon Law School, but resigned that
post two years later in protest when the school refused to offer
a faculty position to an Asian-American candidate after two white
male candidates declined the offer.
Since 1991, Bell has been a visiting professor at the New York
University Law School. He teaches and lectures around the country
and is a frequent guest on radio and television programs.
information, call Cornelius L. Bynum, interim director of the
Luther P. Jackson Cultural Center, at 924-7923.