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Decatur minority awards banquet set Sept. 18

By Paul Huggins · 340-2395

Terri Sewell, once featured as one of America’s best college students, went on to serve as editor of the Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review at Harvard Law School.

She will be the keynote speaker at the 2007 Minority Awards Banquet.

The annual event will be Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.

Sewell is a shareholder in a Birmingham law office where she helps direct the firm’s corporate/securities and public finance practice groups.

As a bond lawyer, she represents cities and counties, school boards, universities, airports, water authorities and other governmental entities in raising money for public projects such as schools, courthouses, jails, roads, water and sewer systems.

She has represented Alabama State University, Wallace State Community College, Tuskegee University and Stillman College. She had 10 years experience working on Wall Street before relocating to Birmingham.

Sewell is a native of Selma and was the first black valedictorian of Selma High School. She was a cum laude graduate of Princeton University and chosen as one of the “Top 10 College Women in America” by Glamour Magazine.

She accepted a scholarship to study at Oxford University in England, and at age 24 became an author, turning her master’s thesis into a book titled “Black Tribunes: Race and Representation in British Politics.”

She serves her community in a range of categories, from co-chairing the Women’s Fund Voices Against Violence to serving on the board of the Girl Scouts of Cahaba Council.

Tickets to the banquet are $20 per person. To order a ticket, call the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce at 353-0763.

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