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Eleanor Holmes Norton speaks at Ohio University to kick off Brown v. Board of Education 50th commemoration

Eleanor Holmes NortonATHENS, Ohio -- U.S. congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton will kickoff Ohio University's Brown v. Board of Education 50th Commemoration at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Baker Center Ballroom. Holmes Norton, a representative of the District of Columbia, will discuss her new biography, "Fire in My Soul."

A longtime advocate for human and civil rights as well as free speech, Holmes Norton is regarded as one of the most influential women in U.S. politics. She also is a staunch supporter for the statehood of the District of Columbia.

Her visit is the first of many Ohio University activities planned to commemorate the Brown v. Board court decision handed down in 1954 that struck down the nation's "separate but equal" doctrine.

Holmes Norton's visit is sponsored by the Ohio University Brown v. Board of Education Committee, the Ohio University Martin Luther King Committee, the Ohio University Department of Residence Life, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and United Campus Ministry-Center for Spiritual Growth and Social Justice.

For more information, contact dean of the Honors Tutorial College Ann Fidler at (740) 593-2723 or fidler@ohio.edu.  

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Media Contact: Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu  

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