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Feb. 6, 2007

Marshalltown Student to Discuss Muscatine Civil Rights Leader at Law School

Stephen Frese, a Marshalltown student whose paper about civil rights pioneer and University of Iowa law graduate Alexander Clark won the grand prize in the 2006 National History Day essay contest, will speak at the College of Law at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in room 235 in the Boyd Law Building.

The event is free and open to the public.

Frese's paper, "From Emancipation to Equality: Alexander Clark's Stand for Civil Rights in Iowa," chronicles the life of a Muscatine barber turned civil rights leader. His lawsuit on behalf of his 12-year old daughter convinced the Iowa Supreme Court to rule in 1868 that the state's public schools were open to children of all races. He eventually became the second African-American to receive a law degree from the UI College of Law and later served as the United States' ambassador to Liberia, the highest appointment given to an African-American at that time.

Frese, a senior at Marshalltown High School, received a $100,000 scholarship to Case Western Reserve University as the grand prize for winning the National History Day essay contest. His paper has also been honored with the state of Iowa History Day award, a Governor's Award, and recognition from the Iowa House of Representatives.

The appearance is part of the College of Law's Black History Month commemoration.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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