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Office for Civil Rights, Student Leaders to Recognize Education Equity, Legacy of Civil Rights Act of 1964

Posted Jul 20 2012 2:48pm
Secretary Duncan, White House, Smithsonian Officials to Participate

Contact:   Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: July 23, 2012 09:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Date 2: July 23, 2012 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, along with officials from the White House and Smithsonian Institution, will engage with high school students from New York City and Washington, D.C., in recognizing education equity and the enduring legacy of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The event will begin Monday morning at the Education Department, then move that afternoon to the Smithsonian Museum of American History.

Organized by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, the day’s activities will pay tribute to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in all programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance.

Among the young people expected to attend are students from the New York Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, New York Urban Ambassadors, the Close Up program, the Washington, D.C., Schools Without Walls, as well as winners of the Princeton Prize on Race Relations.


Event 1
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Roberto Rodriguez, White House special assistant to the president for education
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali
John Wilson, executive director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
William Mendoza, executive director, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education
Akil Vohra, senior advisor, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Gabriel Sandoval, senior counsel, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Title VI Day of Learning Monday, July 23, 2012 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. sessions:
Barnard Auditorium, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
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Event 2
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
Roberto Rodriguez, White House special assistant to the president for education
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali
John Wilson, executive director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
William Mendoza, executive director, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education
Akil Vohra, senior advisor, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Gabriel Sandoval, senior counsel, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Title VI Day of Learning Monday, July 23, 2012 2 p.m. session:
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History,
1400 Constitution Ave., N.W.,
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