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Transforming the Vote feat. Cornell William Brooks, former NAACP President and CEO

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Monday, November 02, 2020
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8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Join DUU Speakers and Stage for 'Transforming the Vote feat. Cornell William Brooks' on Monday, November 2, at 8pm via Zoom webinar. From voter suppression to the Black Lives Matter movement, Cornell will be discussing a number of topics, followed by a 15-minute audience question and answer.

A fourth-generation ordained minister, civil rights attorney, social justice activist, coalition builder and writer, Cornell Brooks served as the 18th President and CEO of the NAACP. While there, he led the organization in securing 11 victories against voter suppression in 12 months. Brooks united groups as diverse as the AFL-CIO, Sierra Club and National LGBTQ Task Force.

A graduate of both Head Start and Yale Law School, Brooks is a champion of the transformative power of education and considers himself "a grandson, heir and a beneficiary" of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision argued by NAACP litigator Thurgood Marshall. He was called to the ministry while studying political science at Jackson State University, later becoming a Martin Luther King Scholar and earning a Master of Divinity from the Boston University School of Theology. Prior to joining the NAACP, Brooks was the president of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and worked as a civil rights attorney, housing and social justice advocate and as a fourth-generation minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church.