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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 30, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY: Charles Ogletree Press Conference Scheduled

A press conference with Charles Ogletree, Harvard law professor and civil rights advocate, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Room 290 in the Boyd Law Building.

Ogletree is visiting the University of Iowa College of Law to deliver this year's John F. Murray Distinguished Lecture, "Reflections on Brown v. Board of Education at 50: Gains and Losses." Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that deemed legal racial segregation in public education to be unconstitutional. The case was the first in a series of court decisions and federal laws that ended legal racial segregation in the United States.

The lecture begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2 in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ogletree is an advocate in the reparations movement, which advocates paying African-Americans for the labors of their descendents who were enslaved or legally discriminated against. The movement's supporters argue that financial payments are needed because slavery and discriminatory Jim Crow laws allowed whites to take advantage of black labor for hundreds of years. That injustice has created a racial schism that has prevented African-Americans from achieving full equality in American society.

The Murray Lecture series began in 1952 and is the oldest of the lecture series presented by the College of Law. The series was established through gifts to the UI in honor of John F. Murray, a native of Iowa and founder of the American Home Products Co., by his wife, Bessie Dutton Murray. Past speakers in the series include such luminaries as U.S. Supreme Court justices William O. Douglas and Harry Blackmun, Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren, internationally renowned jurisprudence scholar Ronald Dworkin, and academic theorist and leading postmodern thinker Stanley Fish.

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