Nationally acclaimed author Randall Kennedy to keynote WCCCD Chancellor's Banquet

Kennedy is Harvard Law Professor, Prolific Author, Former Law Clerk for U.S. Supreme
Court Justice Thurgood Marshall
Nationally renowned author and former law clerk for legendary U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Dr. Randall Kennedy will keynote the Wayne County Community College District Chancellor’s Scholarship Banquet 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 21st at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
Proceeds from the Chancellor’s Scholarship Banquet benefit the WCCCD Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to students who otherwise would be unable to attend college. Tickets are $150 each and on sale now by phone at 313-496-2510 or email: .
Kennedy, a former law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and a Rhodes Scholarship recipient is a nationally recognized author of several books including Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity and Adoption, For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law, The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency. Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. He is a frequent speaker and commentator on national news programs.
Kennedy’s speech at the Chancellor’s Scholarship Banquet is, “Our Youth, Our Vision, Our Future.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Kennedy to WCCCD and to Detroit,” said WCCCD Chancellor Dr. Curtis L. Ivery. “He has championed higher education and critical thought as a way to understand how our very lives are shaped by policy and the law; not so that we’re limited by it, but so that we might move closer towards the promise of our collective potential.”
“We work every day to help provide better lives to our students through higher education, and Dr. Kennedy’s achievements, enduring intellectual curiosity and keen insight on how we must continue to move forward to form a more perfect nation are profoundly inspiring examples of just where that learning can take you,” Ivery said.
Kennedy was born in Columbia, South Carolina and raised in Washington D.C. Kennedy attended St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., Princeton University, and the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Kennedy received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor for the Yale Law Journal. He served as a law clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court from 1983-84.
In 1998 Kennedy was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for his Race, Crime, and the Law. Dr. Kennedy provided the foreword for Thurgood Marshall: His Speeches, Writings, Arguments, Opinions and Reminiscences, and is the author of five additional books and countless articles in national publications.
Kennedy is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, Mr. Kennedy is also a Charter Trustee of Princeton University. He lives in the Washington D.C. area and is the father of three children.
For more information about the WCCCD Scholarship Fund annual dinner or to reserve tickets, please call 313-496-2510 or email:
About WCCCD: WCCCD, the largest urban community college in Michigan, is a multi-campus district with five campus locations, the Mary Ellen Stempfle University Center and the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education (MIPSE), serving nearly 72,000 students annually across 32 cities and townships, and more than 500 square miles. WCCCD is committed to the continued development of new programs, workforce transformation, hosting community-based training sessions, and improving student facilities and services. .



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