Antioch College

07/12/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/12/2018 08:21

Inaugural Event for The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Distinguished Seminar Series Announced

Yellow Springs, OH - Antioch College is pleased to announce the start of The Honorable A. Leon HIgginbotham Jr. Distinguished Seminar Series with a free, open to the public lecture on Friday, July 13 at 3 PM in the South Gym at the Wellness Center, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, OH. At the inaugural event, F. Michael Higginbotham will address Antioch College Reunion attendees.

The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Distinguished Seminar Series was created in honor of A. Leon Higginbotham '49, celebrated civil rights advocate, author, and federal appeals court judge. As a student at Antioch College, Leon Higginbotham headed the school's chapter of the NAACP, along with other leadership roles, including Community Council President. His notable judicial career included being the first African American United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Chief United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1990-1991. As an alumnus of the College, Higginbotham served on the Board of Trustees from 1983-1987.

F. Michael Higginbotham, Joseph Curtis Professor of Law and former interim dean at the University of Baltimore School of Law, is a specialist in constitutional law, equal protection, human rights, and race relations, and an inspiring advocate of justice. Professor Higginbotham was recognized in 2012 by the Daily Record with its Leadership in Law Award as one of the 25 outstanding lawyers in Maryland and by OBALB as one of the top 100 Black lawyers in the United States. He is also the author of Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism in Post-Racial America and Race Law: Cases, Commentary, and Questions.

The Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Distinguished Seminar Series will continue annually as other noted public figures, including authors, activists, and artists, are invited to the Antioch College campus to engage with College and Yellow Springs community members, and with the wider public in Southwestern Ohio where Antioch is located.