Political strategist to speak at B-CU’s spring commencement

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Donna Brazile, a veteran political strategist and vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will be the keynote speaker at Bethune-Cookman University’s May 7 commencement.

Donna Brazile is a veteran political strategist and vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

Donna Brazile is a veteran political strategist and vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

The graduation will be held at Daytona Beach’s Ocean Center, 101 N. Atlantic Ave.

In a statement, the university said it has made an effort “to expose its students and the community to politics and the importance of voting via various events and initiatives.’’

“Donna Brazile is a phenomenal woman who is committed to the advancement and progression of our young people. As we continue on into this election year, it is fitting to have someone like Donna Brazile to speak to our graduates,” stated B-CU President Edison Jackson.  “We are confident that she will leave them inspired and empowered as they prepare for their next steps.”

Professor, pundit
Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University; a syndicated newspaper columnist for Universal Uclick; a columnist for Ms. Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine; and an on-air contributor to CNN. She regular appears on ABC’s Sunday morning show, “This Week.’’ She has made cameo appearances on CBS’ “The Good Wife’’ and Netflix’s “House of Cards.’’

She also is the author of the best-selling memoir, Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics.’’

A native of New Orleans, Brazile got involved in politics at age 9 when she worked to support the campaign of a city council candidate who promised to build a playground in her neighborhood.

For decades, she worked on numerous local and state campaigns. She went on to work on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she served as presidential campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore.

‘Inspiration Award’ winner
She serves on a number of corporate boards and boards of non-profit institutions. She also is a former member of the board of directors of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, responsible for leading the state’s rebuilding process in the aftermath of two catastrophic hurricanes.

In 2014, Brazile received WNBA’s “Inspiration Award” and President Obama appointed her to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Last year, she was appointed to the executive committee of the Tricentennial Commission, which will oversee the celebration commemorating New Orleans’ founding in 2018.

Brazile, who received a degree in industrial psychology from Louisiana State University, has honorary doctorate degrees from her alma mater as well as North Carolina A&T State University, Grambling State University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Northeastern Illinois University, Thomas Jefferson School of Nursing, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

For more information, contact Keisha Boyd at boydk@cookman.edu.

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