September 29, 2020 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET

Venable LLP and Washington Bar Association

The Quest for African American Full Citizenship

A Moments and Movements Program

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Moments and Movements

Join us on September 29 for a fireside chat with Venable alum Judge Robert L. Wilkins and Venable partner Claude Bailey, hosted by the Venable Success Network, our firm’s African American affinity group, and the Washington Bar Association. Judge Wilkins will talk about his recent book, Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture; his collaboration with Congressman John Lewis, who initially introduced the bill to create the Museum back in 1988; and the challenges that had to be overcome to finally win Senate approval. Judge Wilkins will also discuss his personal interaction with the ongoing struggle for racial justice in America, and his research into his family’s history in Kentucky and their eventual migration north to Indiana.

As part of Venable's Moments and Movements programming, this conversation is sure to provide meaningful insights into the African American experience at this critical moment in our nation's history.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Judge Wilkins was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2014. He was also a member of the presidential commission on the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Claude E. Bailey, Partner, Venable LLP

Judge Robert L. Wilkins

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