DMU trustee attends White House celebration

January 19, 2010 —

WhiteHouse.gov photo of civil rights discussion on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. DMUs Willie Glanton is directly across the table from President Obama.

WhiteHouse.gov photo of civil rights discussion on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. DMU's Willie Glanton is directly across the table from President Obama. Official photo by Pete Souza.

One of Des Moines University’s esteemed trustees, Willie Stevenson Glanton, J.D., was recently honored with an invitation to the White House in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The small group of invited guests viewed the Emancipation Proclamation and joined President and Mrs. Obama for a discussion on past and present civil rights work.

Always passionate about helping others succeed,Willie Glanton founded the Glanton Scholarship at Des Moines University in 2004 to assist minority health and medical students. It is named after Willie and her husband, the late Honorable Luther T. Glanton, Jr. The couple rose to the pinnacle of the legal profession at a time with most black Americans were struggling to gain basic civil rights.

View the video below to hear a few remarks from President Obama at the event:


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.