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:


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