The Harvard Law School Association
of San Diego
A Conversation with
The Hon. Robert L. Wilkins, '89
Of the United States Court of Appeals
for the District of Columbia Circuit
Judge Wilkins will discuss his work as a leader of the successful effort to establish the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which had a spectacular grand opening in September 2016. In his recently published book, Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Judge Wilkins chronicles the efforts of advocates beginning 50 years after the end of the Civil War, and he tells the story of how his own obsession and sacrifice, along with critical bipartisan support, helped ensure that the Museum became a reality.
Judge Wilkins also will talk about life on what is widely considered the second highest profile court in the nation and his distinguished years as a trial lawyer before taking the bench.