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From: Louise Schiavone/CNN
In: Washington
Posted 6-12-97

Subject: Clinton Names Advisory Board On Race

The White House has named a seven-member advisory board to undertake President Clinton's national dialogue on race.

Leading the board will be prominent Duke University historian John Hope Franklin of Durham, North Carolina -- an African-American.

Two former governors, William Winter of Mississippi and Tom Kean of New Jersey will participate. The board will also include Linda Chavez Thompson, executive vice president of AFL-CIO, Angela Oh, past president of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California and active in reconciliation efforts following the Los Angeles riots, and the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook, senior pastor of the Bronx Christian Fellowship. Robert Thomas, President and CEO of Nissan USA, rounds out the panel.

In addition, Harvard University law professor Christopher Edley will advise the panel. He directed the Clinton administration's review of affirmative action programs, concluding with the official recommendation "mend it, don't end it."

Deputy White House Chief of Staff Sylvia Matthews told reporters the Advisory Board would help to articulate the president's vision of a multicultural nation.

The president hopes the panel can help educate the nation about the facts surrounding the history of race and what the future will look like and ultimately develop working policies for education, economic opportunity, housing, health care, crime and justice.

The chairman of the advisory board, historian Franklin, wrote a highly acclaimed account of Black America, "From Slavery to Freedom." Franklin won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in 1995.

Some members of the board will accompany the president this weekend when he details his initiative in a commencement speech at the University of California at San Diego.





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