Law school cosponsors MLK luncheon with Donna Brazile

(January 14, 2010) Seattle University School of Law and the King County Bar Association are cosponsoring the 2010 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon with keynote speaker Donna Brazile on Friday, Jan. 15. Brazile will visit the law school before the lunch. Faculty, staff and students are invited to a question-and-answer session with her in room 109 from 10-11 a.m. 

Donna BrazileBrazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for United Media, a columnist for Ms. Magazine, and an on-air contributor to CNN, NPR and ABC, where she regularly appears on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." She is also the best-selling author of Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, a memoir of her life and work in politics.

Brazile also has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore, becoming the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign.

As a New Orleans native, it is no wonder that she rolled up her sleeves and took the skills she learned in the political arena to tackle the recovery efforts of her beloved state after the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Brazile also used these same skills to ensure that if an individual chose to exercise his or her right to vote, it would be counted, when she was appointed chair of the Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute following the fight over the Florida vote in the 2000 presidential election.

In August O, The Oprah Magazine chose Brazile as one of its 20 "remarkable visionaries" for its first-ever O Power List. In addition, she was named among the 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian magazine and the Top 50 Women in America by Essence magazine, and received the Congres­sional Black Caucus Founda­tion's highest award for political achievement.

Although Brazile has achieved several firsts and been recognized for her accomplishments, she probably would be the first to say her proudest achievement was in 1981 when she was the national student coordinator for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee, which successfully petitioned to make the civil rights leader's birthday a national holiday. And then in 1983, after Brazile graduated from Louisiana State University, she accepted an offer from Dr. King's widow, Coretta Scott King, to help organize the 20th anniversary commemoration of the historic 1963 March on Washington.

Donna Brazile's story speaks to the essence of Dr. King's legacy. She has devoted most of her professional and personal life to public service by making sure that individual basic rights are not trampled on and holding those in power accountable even if it meant their or her own discomfort.

The luncheon will take place on Friday, Jan. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel. Tickets may be purchased at at

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