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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to deliver Black History Month speech Feb. 7

| By Nick Alexopulos

Loyola University Maryland welcomes Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake as the 2012 Black History Month speaker on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall on the North Charles Street campus. The event is free and open to the public, but guests are encouraged to register prior to the event to reserve a seat.

Keeping with Loyola’s theme of “Dreams No Longer Deferred” for Black History Month this year, Mayor Rawlings-Blake will discuss her experiences as a woman of color and the challenges she has overcome in her career. Her talk is sponsored by Loyola’s Black Student Association (BSA) and ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Services.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake was sworn in as Baltimore’s 49th mayor in February 2010. She had served as City Council President since November 2007. Mayor Rawlings-Blake was first elected to the Baltimore City Council in 1995 at age 25, the youngest person ever elected to the City Council. She represented the Council’s 5th District from 1995 to 2004 and the 6th District from 2004 to 2007, serving communities throughout West and Northwest Baltimore.

From 1998 to 2006, Mayor Rawlings-Blake was an attorney with the Baltimore Office of the Public Defender. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association. Mayor Rawlings-Blake is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Epsilon Omega Chapter and a former at-large member of the Alliance of Black Women Attorneys.

Born on March 17, 1970, Mayor Rawlings-Blake is a 1988 graduate of Baltimore’s Western High School, and in 1992 she earned a B.A. in political science from Oberlin College in Ohio. She received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1995.

Her full biography is available on Baltimore City’s website.

Guests can register for the event on the ALANA Services website or by phone at 410-617-2310.

Other Black History Month events at Loyola include an affirmative action panel on Feb. 13, a “Night of the Arts” on Feb. 21, and the BSA gala Feb. 25. For more details about those events, please contact ALANA Services at alana@loyola.edu.

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