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Professor Charles Ogletree, professor and vice dean for clinical programs at Harvard Law School, visited Milton’s campus on February 1. Professor Ogletree has focused on civil rights during his career, and on the educational advancement of minority children. He spoke to Milton students as the 2006 Common Ground speaker; after his presentation he met with students for conversation in Straus Library and lunch in the Withington Room.

Professor Ogletree’s most recently published work is entitled All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education ( Professor Ogletree—originally from Merced, California—is a Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University where he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science. He went on to receive his J.D. from Harvard Law School where he was later awarded the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law chair.

Professor Ogletree founded a scholarship fund in his hometown of Merced that provides support for students who need financial aid to pursue higher education. In addition, he served as one of the founding members and trustees of the Benjamin Banneker Charter School in Cambridge, a school that provides educational opportunities in math, science and technology to minority children in a public school setting.