Front Row Seat to History

She not only had a front row seat to history, she was a ground-breaking participant. And she is still breaking glass ceilings and making significant contributions to our world.

Sonia Jarvis is a Yale-educated legal scholar who has blazed trails in courtrooms, in classrooms, in civil rights arenas and even basketball arenas. She was the first Black female varsity athlete at Stanford University. She spent years in the trenches fighting for voting rights and equality. Today she is a Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch College in New York City.

Sonia and I met on “The Farm” as undergraduates “back in the day”. We came together for this conversation to pay tribute to a fellow Stanford alum, Charles Ogletree. Charles is an internationally revered Harvard Law professor, civil rights advocate and mentor. Two of his most famous mentees are former President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama.

A Friendship for the History Books

The friendship between Sonia and Charles spanned myriad personal and professional endeavors, many of which made national and global headlines. From the Clarence Thomas hearings to the adoption of the South African Constitution, they shared a front row seat to history as active participants. The backstories are extraordinary. Lucky for us, Sonia treats us to a few as our conversation unfolds.

You’re Invited

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, Sonia and I will join several of our Stanford colleagues to celebrate the remarkable life of Charles J. Ogletree, Jr. who is now living with Alzheimer’s . Guest speakers include President Obama, as well as Stanford alumni, Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Cory Booker and Dr. Mae Jemison.

Register here for the free, virtual event because this is one you won’t want to miss. Then kick back and take your own front row seat to history in this episode of Our Voices Matter.

Sonia Jarvis, Charles Ogletree and Anita Hill with members of the legal team that represented Hill during the Clarence Thomas Senate confirmation hearing.


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