GRAMBLING, LA – Veteran Democratic political strategist and New Orleans native Donna Brazile is scheduled to be the commencement speaker as well as recipient of the honorary doctorate degree, Doctor of Laws, from Grambling State University. The commencement ceremony is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.
“Ms. Brazile is an internationally known and successful media expert with a distinguished career in political journalism. She is the very best example of excellence, states Grambling State University President Dr. Frank G. Pogue. Our graduating class and their families and our academic community will enjoy a challenging, life-long educational message.”
A New Orleans native, Ms. Brazile began her political career at the age of nine when she worked to elect a City Council candidate who had promised to build a playground in her neighborhood; the candidate won, the swing sets was installed, and a lifelong passion for political progress was ignited. Four decades and innumerable state and local campaigns later, Ms. Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore, becoming the first African-American woman to manage a presidential campaign.
Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Ms. Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, a syndicated newspaper columnist for United Media, a columnist for Ms. Magazine, and O, the Oprah Magazine, an on-air contributor to CNN, and ABC, where she regularly appears on “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”
Ms. Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, D.C.
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