ACU, Abilene Reporter-News to bring Linda Chavez to Abilene to speak about civil rights in the workplace

For Immediate Release
Oct. 5, 1999

Abilene Christian University's Center for Building Community and the Abilene Reporter-News have invited Linda Chavez, author, syndicated columnist and president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, to speak to Abilene citizens at a luncheon Wednesday, October 13, at the Abilene Civic Center at 11:45 a.m.

Tickets for the luncheon are available at $10 per ticket. They can be purchased or reserved by calling ACU's Center for Building Community

at 674-2156. Tickets also can be purchased at the Abilene Reporter-News, 101 Cypress, or the Abilene Civic Center box office.

The New York Times has described Chavez as "an influential voice on civil rights policy." Her nationally syndicated column typically runs weekly in the Wednesday edition of the Abilene Reporter-News, as well as in many other newspapers across the country.

Chavez is author of Out of the Barrio: Toward a New Politics of Hispanic Assimilation, which chronicles the untold story of Hispanic progress and achievement and addresses the implications of bilingual education, voting rights, immigration and affirmative action.

Along with her book and columns, Chavez writes often for many other publications, including The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The New Republic, Commentary and Reader's Digest. She also makes regular appearances on "The McLaughlin Group," "CNN & Co.," "To the Contrary" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."

Chavez has held a number of political positions, among them White House Director of Public Liaison and director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator from Maryland, losing in the general election. She also served as U.S. Expert on the United Nations Subcommission on Human Rights.

She currently sits on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations and is a director of Greyhound Lines, Inc., and ABM Industries, Inc. She is working on her second book, which will deal with the impact of feminism on social policy.


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