Henry J. Richardson, professor of law at Temple University Beasley School of Law and renowned international human rights attorney, will give this year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, in the Valders Hall of Science, Room 206.
His lecture, "From Birmingham's Jail to beyond the Riverside Church: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Global Authority," follows a day-long series of readings from King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail." For more information on the readings and how to participate, go to: https://sites.google.com/a/luther.edu/luther-reads-letter-from-a-birmingham-jail/.
Richardson also will meet with Luther students in select classes during the day.
After graduating from Antioch College in 1963, Richardson went on to get a bachelor of laws degree from Harvard, and earned a master of laws degree from the University of California-Los Angeles School of Law.
The author of several works, his most recent publications include "Issues of African Equity under International Criminal Law," "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as an International Human Rights Leader" and "The Origins of African-American Interests in International Law."
Richardson served on the National Security Council Staff in charge of African Policy and United Nations issues during President Carter's administration. Subsequently, he was the senior foreign policy adviser to the Congressional Black Caucus and an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the Department of Defense. In 1981 Richardson joined the Temple Law faculty. He teaches several courses in international law and foreign policy.
Richardson also is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a past vice president and honorary vice president of the American Society of International Law and a founding member of both the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the Project on the Advancement of African-Americans in International Law.