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Gillis Long Poverty Law Center presents 2009 distinguished speaker

Loyola press release - March 9, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans Gillis Long Poverty Law Center has invited Charles Lane, author and former editor of Newsweek and The New Republic, to be its 2009 distinguished speaker at the Gillis Long Award Ceremony on Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m., in the College of Law, Room 405. It is free and open to the public.

Lane is the author of “The Day Freedom Died: The Colfax Massacre, the Supreme Court, and the Betrayal of Reconstruction.” The book is an account of the events that gave the Civil War a monumental final chapter and an era in which the often brutal struggle for equality moved from battlefields into communities across the nation.

Lane’s lecture will bring a tragic event to the forefront with the real strength of human character and courage. On Easter Sunday in 1873, in the wake of a contested election for governor and local offices, 80 black American men were brutally murdered by white vigilantes in Colfax, La. Lane’s detailed account examines the events surrounding the massacre, the political battles that threatened the Grant presidency and the dramatic courtroom battles that changed history.

Lane currently covers the Supreme Court for the Washington Post, and served as a former general editor of Newsweek. He was also the supervisor of disgraced reporter Stephen Glass, whose fabricated articles for The New Republic were the subject of the 2003 film “Shattered Glass.” Lane is a Spring 2009 Bosch Fellow in Public Policy at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany.

Prior to the lecture, the Poverty Law Center will present Public Service awards to members of the faculty, staff, students and alumni for their outstanding service to the community. The 2009 recipients are College of Law alums, Judge Joan S. Benge and Margot E. Hammond; law students, Alice M. Augustine, Alison McCrary and Natalia Ventsko; associate professor of law at Loyola, Robert Garda; and assistant director of financial aid in the College of Law, Nadine Laurent.

For more information, contact Gwen Hammond at 504-861-5491 or gwhammon@loyno.edu.

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