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Ellison Giving MLK Raise the Bar Address

Last February, when U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison (’90) spoke at a Law School Black History Month event co-sponsored by the Martin Luther King (MLK) Raise the Bar project, he had been at his job as Representative of Minnesota’s Fifth District for less than two months. But he had plans. His intention, he said, was to prompt positive change through unification and collaboration, a method he called “the politics of generosity.”

On Friday, January 25, 2008, Representative Ellison will once again be at the Law School’s MLK Raise the Bar event, as presenter of the third annual keynote address. The speech will be given in the Law School’s Lockhart Hall (Room 25) at 11:00 a.m. Representative Ellison will take questions from the audience at the conclusion of his talk.

All Law School students, faculty, staff members, alumni, and friends are invited to attend the address. The address will be available for viewing via webcast at www.law.umn.edu.

Intent of Raise the Bar
Since its creation by law students in the spring of 2005, the MLK Raise the Bar organization has honored the spirit of Dr. King by pairing an inspiring speaker with a Weekend of Service at nonprofit organizations across the Twin Cities.

The keynote address is an important element of the program. The speaker serves as an example of how the spirit of Dr. King’s teachings and the Law School’s dedication to public service can be put to practical use in a successful legal career.

Speakers’ experiences and reflections on advocating for underserved communities are often inspiring and encourage participation in Raise the Bar and other volunteering activities. At past Raise the Bar events, more than 100 law students, faculty, and staff members have offered their time and talents.

What began as a Day of Service has now expanded into an entire weekend of activities. This year’s winter Weekend of Service is scheduled for February 2-4. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact student organizers Rishi Gupta
( gupt0126@umn.edu ) or Yeerik Moy ( moyxx037@umn.edu ).