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Seminar: President Obama - One Year Later
Date: 11 March 2010 

American Studies Seminar Series:

African American History Month – Presentation and Discussion

President Obama: One Year Later - What Came Before, What Comes Next? The Civil Rights Movement in the U.S.

Mr. Hugh Williams
Consular Section Chief
U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong

Date: March 11 (Thursday)
Time: 6 pm to 7.30 pm
Venue: M201, Main Building, HKU

The election of Barack Obama as President marked a momentous occasion for the United States of America.  In this presentation, Mr. Williams explores the connections between the Civil Rights Movement and this historic election result.  President Obama’s triumph as a candidate and the achievements of the Civil Rights Movement before him were not without many challenges.  One year later, where do we stand, where are we going?

Each February, National African American History Month honors the struggles and triumphs of millions of American citizens over the most devastating obstacles - slavery, prejudice, poverty - as well as their contributions to the nation’s cultural and political life.

"In the centuries since African Americans first arrived on our shores, they have known the bitterness of slavery and oppression, the hope of progress, and the triumph of the American Dream." Excerpted from Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation for National African American History Month, February 2010.

Mr. Hugh Williams is Consular Section Chief at the US Consulate General in Hong Kong. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and has a wealth of experience as a manager at U.S. diplomatic missions in Canada, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Belgium and Jamaica. As a result of his service, he has received several Meritorious Honor awards and the Department’s Superior Honor award. Mr. Williams holds graduate degrees from Texas Southern University and Air War College, and was an Associate Professor at Delaware State University. He has also served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone and taught in the public school systems in Houston and Philadelphia.

This event is held as part of the American Studies Seminar Series and is organized with the kind support of the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong.

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