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Black Americans and Supreme Court subject of talk

Jan. 26, 2009

KALAMAZOO--The special relationship between black Americans and the U.S. Supreme Court is widely recognized. But just what is the nature of that relationship?

That's the question Wednesday, Feb. 4, when an authority on the politics of race, class and gender delivers a talk at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Rosalee Clawson, associate professor of political science at Purdue University, will speak on "Legacy and Legitimacy: Black Americans and the Supreme Court," the title of her 2008 book, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 3301 of Friedmann Hall. Her presentation is sponsored by the WMU Institute of Government and Politics and the MLK Celebration Committee.

Clawson's research also focuses on public opinion and the mass media. In addition to co-authoring "Legacy and Legitimacy," published by Temple University Press, she is co-author of "Public Opinion: Democratic Ideals, Democratic Practice," published by CQPress.

Clawson's talk will explore not only the relationship between African Americans and the Supreme Court, but also how strong that relationship is and what it means for public opinion and politics in the United States on an ongoing basis. She will discuss these questions in keeping with the theme "Reclaiming Our Voice," the focus of WMU's 2009 Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King's life and legacy.

For more information, contact Dr. Susan Hoffman, WMU associate professor of political science, at susan.hoffmann@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5692. Maps of the WMU campus are available online.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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