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UB speaker assesses modern race relations

Mike Desmond/wbfo news

Race relations in America have improved, but they aren't always good. This assessment was provided by Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree, who spoke Thursday at the University at Buffalo.

Ogletree was the 40th Annual Martin Luther King Commemoration Speaker and also participated in a conversation with students, faculty and university friends.

Ogltree believes students are seeking a different society and change.  He referred to an incident where pictures of minority Harvard Law teachers were mutilated, Ogletree said it provided an opportunity to talk.
"The thing that makes it so fruitful for me is that when you think about what happened at Harvard. It's happened at Yale. It's happened at Stanford. It's happened at Chicago. It's happened at Buffalo. It's around the country. So, you need to figure out how to change those things," Ogletree said.

Listen to the full conversation between Charles Ogletree and Bert Gambini.

Ogletree said he gives high school scholarships in his hometown of Merced, California. Recently, a Harvard Law student told him he had received one of those scholarships and it gave him the incentive to finish high school, go on to college and Harvard Law. The professor said the money he donates is a good investment in society's future.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.