Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An expert on civil rights? Seriously?

 Samuel L. Myers Jr., the Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, writes this about the upcoming "civil rights" lecture by Condoleezza Rice:

"The University of Minnesota could have gotten for free a true hero of the civil rights movement: my Dad and role model, Samuel Myers Sr., the first African American to earn the Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1949. He was assigned to an Army base in Louisiana and protested the exclusion of black officers from the officers' club, nearly resulting in his court martial. He fought for the creation of federal funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) during his tenure as the president of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. As a foreign service officer in the U.S. State Department, long before Rice arrived, and then as the financial adviser to Latin America in the Agency for International Development, this man fought the lonely battles -- often jeopardizing his career -- to redress racial discrimination segregation."

Amen.

(Even better: read the open letter to Rice from Myers.)

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