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NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Elaine Jones To Speak Nov. 1 As Part Of "Explorations In Black Leadership" Series

October 27, 2000 -- Elaine R. Jones, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and an alumna of the University of Virginia School of Law, will speak at the law school Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Her talk, titled "Living a Life of Challenge," will be at 5:30 p.m. in Withers-Brown Hall 152 and is open to the public. It is part of the series of University-wide discussions, "Explorations in Black Leadership."

Julian Bond, professor of history and national chair of the NAACP, and Patricia Werhane, Ruffin Professor of Business Ethics in the Darden School, will respond to Jones’s talk.

The series of talks, an oral history project sponsored by the Institute for Public History and the Darden School, aims to preserve leadership lessons taught by key civil rights leaders and examine the nature of that leadership.

A native of Norfolk, Jones is a 1970 graduate of the U.Va. law school and was the school's first black woman graduate. She is also the first woman to head the NAACP legal defense fund, the chief legal organization of the movement for racial justice, and has long played a key role in behalf of civil rights causes.

Known as a dynamic speaker, she has been affiliated with the legal defense fund for much of her career. Just two years out of law school, she served as counsel of record in Furman v. Georgia, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that abolished the death penalty in 37 states. Her efforts also have helped pass scores of civil rights laws.

In 1989 she became the first African-American elected to the American Bar Association's Board of Governors.

The "Explorations in Black Leadership" project will bring civil rights figures to Charlottesville over the new few years, where they will participate in public forums and videotaped interviews conducted by Bond, who is himself a long-time civil rights leader.

Civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers, chancellor of North Carolina Central University, will speak at the law school Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: please contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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