The Center for Race and Public Education in the South Presents: From Teaching at Lane High School to Working in the Obama Administration: An Educator’s Journey

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  • Holloway Hall (Bavaro Hall 116)

Esther H. Vassar, a graduate of Howard University and the University of Virginia, has served as a K-12 teacher, college professor, and political appointee for Virginia Governors L. Douglas Wilder, Tim Kaine, and Mark Warner. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed her as the National Ombudsman for Small Businesses. Esther H. Vassar's time in Charlottesville included study in the English program at the University of Virginia and service as a teacher at Lane High School from 1971 to 1972. When she arrived at Lane, she came with "her turbans and her dashikis and her Afrocentric look," recalls James Bryant, Charlottesville educator and former student. Please join the Teachers in the Movement Project and the Center for Race and Public Education in the South to hear The Honorable Esther H. Vassar tell her story and discuss her journey from serving as a teacher at Lane High School to working in the Obama Administration.

The event will be followed by a reception. RSVP by April 10 at the registration link above.

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  • Center for Race and Public Education in the South