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Fulfilling the Promise
UPDATE: Due to Winter Storm Uri, "Fulfilling the Promise" has been rescheduled to March 25.

True to this year's forum theme “An America As Good As Promised,” the keynote panel on “Fulfilling the Promise” provokes a conversation about how we can create an America that lives up to its promise of the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to everyone regardless of race, status or religion. Leading this conversation will be Harris County Commissioner and LBJ School alumnus Rodney Ellis, Ranjana Natarajan, Director of the Civil Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law, and Mercedes Fulbright, Organizing Director of the Texas Working Families Party.

Mar 25, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Mercedes Fulbright
Organizing Director @Texas Working Families Party
An experienced and respected voice on political strategy, racial justice advocacy, effective progressive leadership training, grassroots organizing, and public policy, Mercedes Fulbright led the way in building a sustainable coalition of organizations to coordinate under the national Movement for Black Lives during the 2020 summer uprisings. She currently leads the Texas Working Families Party as Organizing Director with a mission to build a mass multiracial, anti-racist movement alongside regular people coming together across differences to make a better future for all Texans. She has played key roles in the leadership of the BYP100 (Black Youth Project), the Movement for Black Lives, and Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, to name a few.
Rodney Ellis
Commissioner
Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis was born and raised in Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood. The proud son of a yardman and a maid, Ellis attended Texas public schools from grade school through law school. He holds a bachelor's degree from Texas Southern University, a master's degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and a law degree from the University Of Texas School Of Law. Before serving as a County Commissioner, Ellis was elected to Houston City Council and served three terms before being elected to the Texas Senate in 1990. For 26 years, he represented Texas' 13th state senate district and he passed over 700 pieces of legislation. On November 8, 2016, Ellis was elected county commissioner and sworn into office on January 1, 2017.
Ranjana Natarajan
Director @Civil Rights Clinic
Ranjana Natarajan directs the Civil Rights Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. Students in the Civil Rights Clinic represent low-income clients in a variety of civil rights matters including police misconduct, jail mistreatment, debtors prisons, and disability discrimination. She has directed the Civil Rights Clinic from 2013 to the present. From 2009 to 2013, she directed the law school's National Security Clinic, in which law students worked on cases and projects relating to national security, terrorism, and constitutional and human rights.