July 14, 2016 Civil Rights Activist Loren Miller Topic of Book Discussion

Press Contact: Guy Lamolinara (202) 707-9217
Public Contact: Center for the Book (202) 707-5221

Amina Hassan will discuss and sign her new book, "Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist" (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015) on Wednesday, July 20, at noon, in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the Daniel A.P. Murray Association of the Library of Congress.

Loren Miller was one of the nation’s most prominent civil-rights attorneys from the 1940s through the early 1960s. He successfully fought discrimination in housing and education. Alongside Thurgood Marshall, Miller argued two landmark civil-rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, leading to decisions that effectively abolished racially restrictive housing covenants. The two men played key roles in Brown v. Board of Education, which ended legal segregation in public schools."Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist" highlights the importance of this remarkable figure in history.

Amina Hassan is a scholar, researcher and award-winning public radio documentarian with productions ranging from an NPR radio series on how race, class and gender shape American sport, to the coup and on-the-spot recording of the U.S. invasion of Grenada, to a national radio series on the Bill of Rights. Her diverse background has allowed her to live and travel extensively in the Caribbean, the Near and Middle East, North Africa, Central America and Europe. She has been a Corporation for Public Broadcasting consultant and has administered radio projects for the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution and the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based research center.

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PR 16-118
ISSN 0731-3527