Reminder: Office of Student Activities and Fraternity to Sponsor Voter Education Program
The Office of Student Activities and the Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will host a voter education program featuring Dr. Michael Fauntroy. The program will be held October 4, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Room 236 of the Rudolph Jones Student Center. The public is invited.
Fauntroy is an associate professor of public policy at George Mason University, where he teaches courses in American government and civil rights policy. Prior to joining the faculty at GMU, he was an analyst in American national government at the Congressional Research Service (CRS). At CRS, he provided research and consultations for members and committees of Congress. From 1993 to 1996, he was a civil rights analyst at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he conducted research on civil rights issues such as voting rights and fair housing.
Fauntroy is also the host of The Forum with Michael Fauntroy, a 30-minute one-on-one interview show with local, national, and international policy makers, public intellectuals, and others who shape our world.
Fauntroy’s second book, Republicans and the Black Vote, analyzes the historical relationship between African Americans and the GOP. He is also the author of Home Rule or House Rule? Congress and the Erosion of Local Governance in the District of Columbia. A third book, Living While Black: Reflections on a “Post-Racial” America will be published in 2013. A regular contributor to The Huffington Post, he has been published in The Washington Times, TomPaine.com, and The Black Commentator. Fauntroy has appeared on every major television network providing political analysis and commentary. He also comments regularly on NPR and has been quoted in more than 50 major newspapers and news outlets around the world.
Fauntroy is a graduate of Hampton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Affairs, specializing in public administration and public policy analysis and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Political Science from Howard University. He resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Lisa and their twins. Fauntroy is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Washington (D.C.) Alumni Chapter. You can learn more about Professor Fauntroy at his website: MichaelFauntroy.com. Follow him on Twitter @MKFauntroy.
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African-Americans, was founded December 4, 1906, at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of Brotherhood among African descendants in this country.
Voter registration is one of Alpha Phi Alpha’s major thrusts. “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People” was initiated as a national program of the fraternity during the 1930′s when many African-Americans had the right to vote but were prevented from voting because of poll taxes, threats of reprisal, and lack of education about the voting process. Voter education and registration has remained a dominant focus of this outreach activity for over 65 years. In the 1990′s, the focus has shifted to include political awareness and empowerment, delivered most frequently through town meetings and candidate forums.