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Late Civil Rights Activist Derrick Bell Honored at DU Unity Banquet

The Duquesne University Office of Multicultural Affairs will pay tribute to alumnus Derrick Bell at the sixth annual Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit on Friday, April 13, in the Union Ballroom.

Bell, a 1952 graduate of Duquesne's McAnulty College, died on Oct. 5 at age 80. A renowned scholar, teacher and activist, he was the first tenured African-American professor at Harvard Law School and the first African-American dean of the University of Oregon School of Law. His casebook, Race, Racism and American Law, is used in law schools across the nation.

The Unity Banquet and Scholarship Benefit, which recognizes Duquesne students for their leadership and academic accomplishments, will begin at 5 p.m. with a reception followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

The keynote address at the banquet will feature Patricia J. Williams, the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University School of Law. She writes The Nation magazine's monthly Diary of a Mad Law Professor column. Williams' article about Bell was featured in the October issue of The Nation in October.

Proceeds will help provide scholarship funds to Duquesne University students. More than 400 people are expected to attend.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.