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February 19, 2009 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm View Recurrence Dates
Category: Lecture
Location: Community Arts Center | Map
Cost: Free
Occurring: Feb 19, 2009
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Prospective Students, Staff

Democracy in the Obama Era: Race and the Millennial Generation
with visiting lecturer
Farai Chideya
Multimedia journalist of NPR’s News and Notes
Invited commentator on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, BET and Oxygen


Ms. Chideya will discuss the ways in which Barack Obama’s election as the 44th American president has influenced the public discourse. She will help the audience look at divergences in the way millennial and older voters tend to view racial identity and politics. She also will explore America’s transformation into a majority minority nation and what that means for our democracy and for views of racial identity and politics. Ms. Chideya also is the author three books: Don't Believe the Hype: Fighting Cultural Misinformation about African Americans; The Color of Our Future; and Trust: Reaching the 100 Million Missing Voters.

Bankole Thompson, senior editor of the Michigan Chronicle, will serve as master of ceremonies for the lecture program.

About the Robert L. and Louise Millender Memorial Lecture
The Robert L. and Louise Millender Memorial Fund, Inc. was originally established in memory of Robert L. Millender, Sr., a leading black Detroit attorney and political activist who died in 1978. Mr. Millender was celebrated as a brilliant political strategist and campaign manager for most of Detroit’s major black elected officials during the 1960s and 1970s including Coleman A. Young, the city’s first African-American mayor and Congressman John Conyers. After Louise Millender's death in 2001, the lecture was changed to the Robert L. and Louise Millender Memorial Lecture to reflect the Millenders' political partnership and honor Louise Millender's role as a civic leader.

The fund invites a nationally-recognized figure to deliver a major address on matters of urgent public concern.  Dozens of distinguished activists from the areas of politics, civil rights and urban development have made presentations.  These include journalist Ed Gordon, professors Lani Guinier and Christopher Edley, and Eddie Edwards, former director of the Joint Center for Politics.

For more information about this event, please contact Adam Herman at 313-577-3030 or aherman@wayne.edu.