MLK Day, Jan. 20, 2014

Kim Forde-Mazrui, BA '90, JD '93, poses for a photo before his MLK Day address in South Hall.

MLK Day, Jan. 20, 2014

A sizable crowd attended the talk, which focused on racial disparities in infant mortality.

MLK Day, Jan. 20, 2014

A large number of students turned out for the event.

MLK Day, Jan. 20, 2014

Prof. Forde-Mazrui, Mortimer M. Caplin Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, is a former director for the Center for the Study of Race and Law. His scholarship focuses on equal protection.

MLK Day, Jan. 20, 2014

An audience member shares in a light-hearted moment.

MLK Day, Jan. 20, 2014

Another attendee offers an observation.

MLK Day, Jan. 20, 2014

A participant shares his perspective with the group.

MLK Day, Jan. 20, 2014

Prof. Forde-Mazrui suggested several responses the government may consider in addressing racial disparities in infant mortality.

MLK Day, Jan. 20, 2014

Another student offers insight into a particular point.

MLK Day, Jan. 20, 2014

Prof. Kim Forde-Mazrui chats with Michigan Law Clinical Prof. Nick Rine post-address.

CELEBRATING KING'S LEGACY   When racial disparities in health, education, or employment are exposed, it is often the government that is called upon to identify—and eliminate—the cause. But does the Constitution permit the government to do so? University of Virginia School of Law Prof. Kim Forde-Mazrui, BA '90, JD '93, addressed this question Jan. 20 as the featured speaker at Michigan Law's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration. Prof. Forde-Mazrui is UVA's Mortimer M. Caplin Professor of Law and a former director for the Center for the Study of Race and Law. His scholarship focuses on equal protection, especially involving race and sexual orientation.

Photos by Rachit Khator.

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