Wednesday, February 9 at 5:30pm
William W. Knight Law Center, 110
1515 Agate Street, Eugene, OR 97403
“Your First Duty Is to Humanity” – Echoes of Derrick Bell in Madam C. J. Walker’s Activism and Entrepreneurship
About the speaker:
Journalist and author A’Lelia Bundles’ is the biographer and great-great-granddaughter of early 20th century entrepreneur Madam C. J. Walker. She will discuss how Walker’s political activism and philanthropy informed her mindset of economic independence. As a journalist who links history and current events, she will examine the relationship of Walker’s advocacy of generational wealth for her sales agents to the systemic and structural racism that Derrick Bell revealed in Faces at the Bottom of the Well.
Bundles is author of On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker, which chronicles the life of her great-great-grandmother, a self-made millionaire. The New York Times Notable Book served as the inspiration for Self Made, the fictional four-part Netflix series.
Derrick Bell served as the first African American dean of the School of Law from 1980 to 1985. He is considered one of the most influential voices in the foundation of Critical Race Theory, a framework that examines society and culture as they connect to race, law, and power.
This annual event is a collaborative effort combining the School of Law’s Derrick Bell Lecture with the African American Workshop and Lecture Series, sponsored by the Office of the President and facilitated by the Division of Equity and Inclusion.