2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation Speaker: Dr. Menna Demessie
On Friday, January 18, Brebeuf will hold its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. This year’s keynote presenter is Dr. Menna Demessie.
Dr. Demessie serves as Vice President of Policy Analysis and Research for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation where she works on civil rights issues and economic development as well as other policy areas concerning African Americans and the black Diaspora. She received her joint Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the University of Michigan, and her research focuses on legislative behavior, foreign policy, congressional caucuses, and racial and ethnic politics. Having received the nation’s oldest and most prestigious congressional fellowship in political science, Menna worked for Rep. Barbara Lee in the 112th U.S. Congress as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow on unemployment legislation, poverty, and foreign policy.
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The title of Dr. Demessie’s presentation is “Black History as American History: The Project of Democracy and Equality in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave”. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Demessie for this important convocation.