1/22: Donna Brazile at CWRU



That Barack Obama sits in the White House is partly thanks to Donna Brazile. As chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, she was tasked with beating back efforts by certain Republicans to undermine fair elections — like what happened in 2000 in Florida and 2004 in Ohio (hey there, Ken Blackwell!). The veteran political strategist experienced the impact of messed-up elections firsthand: She was Al Gore’s campaign manager in 2000, the first African-American woman to run a presidential campaign. She was also active in the campaign to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a national holiday. So it’s appropriate that Case Western Reserve University is bringing her in to give the annual Martin Luther King convocation speech, which caps its weeklong celebration of Dr. King’s legacy. It takes place at 12:30 p.m. at Amasa Stone Chapel (10904 Euclid Ave.). It’s free and open to the public. Call 216.368.2229 for more information. — Anastasia Pantsios

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