Bell to Speak at the University of Virginia's Martin Luther King
7, 2000 -- Derrick Bell, visiting professor at the
New York University Law School and author of "Faces at the Bottom
of the Well," will be the keynote speaker Jan. 22 at the Martin
Luther King Birthday Celebration at the University of Virginia.
The free public event will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall.
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 evening program will include poetry and drama as well
as a book signing in Cabell Hall immediately following Bell's talk.
Copies of Bell's books can be purchased at the University of Virginia
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 his most popular books, "Faces at the Bottom
of the Well," consists of allegorical stories on racial issues.
Other books include "And We Are Not Saved" and "Confronting Authority:
Reflections of an Ardent Protester."
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, a deputy director for civil rights at the Department of Health
and Human Services, and director of the Western Center on Law and
Poverty in Los Angeles.
1969, he became the first black professor at the Harvard Law School
and became its first black tenured faculty member in 1971.
1989, he resigned to become the dean at the University of Oregon
Law School because Harvard Law School at the time failed to appoint
black women to its faculty. He later resigned the Oregon Law School
position in protest over the school's failure to appoint an Asian-American
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.
more information, call Cornelius L. Bynum, interim director of the
Jackson Cultural Center, at (804) 924-7923.
Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629