January 21, 2008

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Mary Beth Hutchins ext. 105




WASHINGTON – The American Civil Rights Union announces the addition of Kenneth Blackwell as a Senior Fellow.

“I am delighted to be associated with ACRU. It is a civil rights beacon of light in a sea of public policy darkness,” commented Blackwell. “It’s commitment to individual freedom, regardless of race, gender, or economic station is refreshing. ACRU is a growing force of reason and moral authority in the American conversation on the US Constitution and civil society.”

Kenneth Blackwell joins the ACRU as a Senior Fellow and spokesman on a variety of issues including first amendment rights, voting rights and regulations, national security, and Executive Authority. As the former Secretary of State of Ohio, Mr. Blackwell has also held a number of leadership and service positions in the worlds of business, politics, and economics.

“The ACRU is extremely honored to welcome Ken Blackwell as a Senior Fellow,” commented ACRU Chairman Susan Carleson. “Ken brings an excellent balance of scholarship and practitioner’s experience to our organization. His work as a public official, writer, and teacher in the public policy arena is respected by conservatives and liberals alike. We are glad to add his voice and work to our effort to protect the civil rights of all Americans.”

Mr. Blackwell’s public service includes terms as an undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and mayor of Cincinnati. In 1994, he became the first African-American elected to a statewide executive office in Ohio when he was elected treasurer of state.

The American Civil Rights Union protects and defends the civil rights granted to all Americans by the Constitution. The ACRU is a non-partisan 501c(3) tax-exempt organization and receives no federal grants or funding.