The Jamestown Project’s Advisory Board is made up of trusted advisors who are experts in their fields and have devoted their careers and their lives to exploring questions of democracy, race, justice, education, and the family. These visionaries are exemplars of The Jamestown Project’s mission and core values, and are therefore an invaluable group that gives us guidance and support.
Enola G. Aird, Motherhood Project
Enola G. Aird is an activist mother. She is currently an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for American Values, where she founded and directs the Motherhood Project. The mission of the Motherhood Project is to put motherhood on the national agenda and foster a new sense of purpose, passion, and power in the vocation of mothering in both the public and private spheres. She is also the founder of the Mothers' Council, a group of mothers of diverse backgrounds and political views that seeks to promote a mothers' renaissance-- fresh thinking about who mothers are and their potential as catalysts for social transformation.
Enola is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Barnard College and received her law degree from Yale University, where she headed the Yale Moot Court of Appeals. After eight years of corporate law practice for entities including the National Association of Broadcasters, the law firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, Warner Amex Cable, and Westinghouse Broadcasting and Cable, Enola left the work force to devote her time to her children. Through her experiences at home, she learned first-hand of the extent to which mothering is devalued in American culture. This led her away from the practice of law to a new vocation as an "activist mother." Enola is committed to fighting for the best of all possible worlds for children and the mothers and fathers who raise them.
She was appointed by Governors O'Neill and Weicker to the Connecticut Commission on Children and elected Chair by its members, and worked for two years at the Children's Defense Fund, running its violence prevention program and directing its Black Community Crusade for Children. Enola formerly served as Director of Public Affairs Programming for WYBC, 94.3 FM, in New Haven, Connecticut.
She was the lead author and chief Institute spokesperson for the 1999 consensus statement, Turning the Corner On Father Absence in Black America, produced by the Institute for American Values in cooperation with Morehouse College.
Enola has appeared on a variety of television programs including The News Hour, The O'Reilly Factor, and Face the Nation. Her articles on the state of motherhood in the United States have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Theology Today, Parents Magazine, among other publications, and she contributed chapters to several books including Taking Parenting Public, edited by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Cornel West, and Nancy Rankin. Among the publications of the Motherhood Project and the Mothers' Council are: Watch Out for Children: A Mothers' Statement to Advertisers; Call to a Motherhood Movement; and Gather Around the Children, all available at www.watchoutforchildren.org. Enola is currently at work on a book entitled Militant Mothering: Raising Human Children at the Dawn of the Post-Human Age.
Enola lives in Conecticut with her husband, Stephen Carter, and her two children.
Peter B. Edelman, Georgetown University Law Center
Professor of Law; Co-Director, Joint Degree in Law and Public Policy
A.B., LL.B., Harvard
Expertise: poverty, welfare, juvenile justice, constitutional law.
Professor Edelman has been on the faculty since 1982. He took leave during President Clinton's first term to serve as Counselor to HHS Secretary Donna Shalala and then as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
Professor Edelman has been Associate Dean of the Law Center, Director of the New York State Division for Youth, and Vice President of the University of Massachusetts. He was a Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and was Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy's Presidential campaign in 1980. Earlier, he was a Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg and before that to Judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General John Douglas.
Professor Edelman's book, Searching for America's Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope, was published by Houghton-Mifflin in January 2001. He is the author of many articles on poverty, constitutional law, and issues about children and youth. His article in the Atlantic Monthly entitled, "The Worst Thing Bill Clinton Has Done" received the Harry Chapin Media Award.
Peter Edelman has chaired and been a board member of many organizations and foundations. He is currently the board president of the New Israel Fund, and is a board member of the Center for Community Change, the Public Welfare Foundation, Americans for Peace Now, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and a half dozen other nonprofit organizations. He has been a United States-Japan Leadership Program Fellow, was the J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, and has received numerous honors and awards for his work. He grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., Harvard Law School
Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, is a prominent legal theorist who has made an international reputation by taking a hard look at complex issues of law and by working to secure the rights guaranteed by the Constitution for everyone equally under the law. Professor Ogletree has examined these issues not only in the classroom, on the Internet and in the pages of prestigious law journals, but also in the everyday world of the public defender in the courtroom and in public television forums where these issues can be dramatically revealed.
Professor Ogletree’s most recent book, co-authored with Professor Deborah Rhode of Stanford University, Brown at 50: The Unfinished Legacy, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and was published by the American Bar Association in August 2004. His historical memoir, All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education (http://www.alldeliberatespeed.com), was published by W.W. Norton & Company in April 2004. All Deliberate Speed has received enthusiastically favorable reviews from many distinguished scholars, including Skip Gates, David Levering Lewis, Alan Dershowitz, John Hope Franklin, and Anita Hill.
He is the co-author of the award-winning book, Beyond the Rodney King Story: An Investigation of Police Conduct in Minority Communities, and he frequently contributes to many journals and law reviews. He has written chapters in several books, including If You Buy the Hat, He Will Come, in Faith of Our Fathers: African American Men Reflect on Fatherhood and The Tireless Warrior for Racial Justice, which appears in Reason & Passion: Justice Brennan’s Enduring Influence. Privileges and Immunities for Basketball Stars and Other Sport Heroes? appears in Basketball Jones, published in 2000. In addition, Professor Ogletree’s commentaries on a broad range of timely and important issues have appeared in the editorial pages of the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe, among other national newspapers. His commentary on how to make Black America better was published in the 2001 compilation, Lift Every Voice and Sing. Professor Ogletree has also contributed a chapter entitled The Rehnquist Revolution in Criminal Procedure, which appears in The Rehnquist Court: Judicial Activism on the Right, published in 2002.
Professor Ogletree also serves as the Co-Chair of the Reparations Coordinating Committee, a group of lawyers and other experts researching a lawsuit based upon a claim of reparations for descendants of African slaves, along with Randall Robinson, author of The Debt: What America Owes to Blacks. He holds honorary doctorates of law from North Carolina Central University, New England School of Law, Tougaloo College, Amherst College, Wilberforce University, and the University of Miami School of Law.
In 2003, he was selected by Savoy Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in America and by Black Enterprise Magazine, along with Thurgood Marshall, A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., and Constance Baker Motley, as one of the legal legends among America’s top black lawyers. In 2002, he received the National Bar Association’s prestigious Equal Justice Award. In 2001, he joined a list of distinguished jurists, including former Supreme Court Justices Thurgood Marshall and William Brennan, and civil rights lawyers Elaine Jones and Oliver Hill, when he received the prestigious Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit from the Washington Bar Association.
Professor Ogletree has been married to his fellow Stanford graduate, Pamela Barnes, since 1975. They are the proud parents of two children, Charles Ogletree III and Rashida Ogletree. The Ogletrees live in Cambridge and are members of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Dr. Cornel West, Princeton University
Cornel West is currently the Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion at Princeton University. Prior to his appointment at Princeton, he was the Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. University Professor at Harvard University teaching in Afro-American Studies and Philosophy of Religion. He received his AB from Harvard University and his MA and a PhD from Princeton University. He taught at Yale, Union Theological Seminary and Princeton University where he was Chair of the Department of Afro-American Studies. He is an author of numerous articles and books including The Cornel West Reader, Race Matters and The African American Century.
Dr. West was born in Tulsa, OK. His father was a civilian Air Force Administrator, and his mother, an elementary school teacher, who would later become the principal. The West family moved a great deal and finally settled in a middle-class neighborhood in Sacramento, CA. It was there that the young West began what would become a lifelong habit of protest by refusing to salute the flag because of the second-class status of African Americans in the country.
As a boy, West was greatly impressed by the Baptist church. West had been deeply touched by the stories of parishioners who, only two generations from slavery, told stories of Blacks maintaining their religious faith during the most trying of times. West was equally attracted to the commitment of the Black Panthers, whose office was nearby his boyhood church. It was the Panthers that West began to understand the importance of community based political action. But it was a biography of Teddy Roosevelt that West borrowed from the neighborhood bookmobile that would steer his academic future. West felt an affinity to Roosevelt, as both were asthmatics. He read how Roosevelt had overcome his asthma, went to Harvard and became a great speaker. So at eight years old, even though he wasn’t exactly sure what it was, West decided he would go to Harvard. And so he did, graduating from Harvard magna cum laude in three years, Martin Kilson, one of West’s professors, recalls him as “the most intellectually aggressive and highly cerebral student I have taught in my 30 years here.”
West then went on to Princeton University where he received his MA and his PhD to head the Department of Afro-American Studies at Princeton University. After reviving that department successfully, West moved to Harvard University where he served as Professor of Afro-American Studies and Philosophy of Religion. Recently, he was W.E.B. DuBois Lecturer at Harvard. His speaking style, formed by his roots in the Baptist church, blends drama, knowledge and inspiration.
His book credits include: Prophesy Deliverance: An Afro-American Revolutionary Christianity, Post-Analytic Philosophy, Prophetic Fragments, The American Evasion of Philosophy, The Ethical Dimensions of Marxist Thought, Breaking Bread, Prophetic Reflections and Prophetic Thought In Postmodern Times. His breakthrough book, Race Matters, was published in 1993. This book quickly achieved bestseller status and gained the attention of Time Magazine and Newsweek, causing both publications to run extensive profile articles about West in June 1993. His book, Keeping Faith, was also published in 1993. Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin, a book he has co-written with Tikkun magazine editor Michael Lerner, was published in the spring of 1995. His most recent book, Democracy Matters, was praised by The New York Times for his “ferocious moral vision”, published by the Penguin Press, New York, 2004.