2017 Burlington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance

Sunday, January 15, 2017, 3:00pm
First Unitarian Universalist Society, 152 Pearl Street

Keynote Speaker: Carol Moseley Braun

The first African American woman to be elected to the United States Senate.

FREE, tickets available at Fletcher Free Library, City Market and Peace & Justice Center

Info: 802-657-4219

About Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun served in the United States Senate from 1993 to 1999 as a Democrat from Illinois. Born in Chicago in 1947, Moseley Braun came of age in the midst of the civil rights movement and pursued a career in law. She became an Illinois state representative in 1977 and then served four years as Recorder of Deeds for Cook County, Illinois, the first African American elected to a Cook County executive position.

In 1992 she defeated both the Democratic incumbent and the Republican challenger for a seat in the U.S. Senate, becoming the first female senator from Illinois and the first African American woman to serve in the Senate. As a senator, Moseley Braun sponsored progressive education bills and campaigned for gun control.

In 1999, she became the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, a position she held until 2001. Moseley Braun ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004, but she withdrew from the race, endorsing Howard Dean instead.

Monday Panel Discussion

Monday, January 16, 3:00pm
ECHO Science Center
Free, no tickets required

Panelists will include:

  • TJ Donovan, Attorney General
  • Julia Torti, US Attorneys’ Office
  • James Lyall, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Karen Richards, Vermont Human Rights Commission
  • Ame Lambert, Chief Diversity Officer – Champlain College
  • Facilitator: Prof Susan Comerford


This event is made possible through sponsorship from the City of Burlington, United Way of Northwest Vermont, KeyBank, NBT Bank, Champlain Housing Trust, Spruce Mortgage, People’s United Bank, Church Street Marketplace, First Unitarian Universalist Society, Mace Engravers & Courtyard Marriott.