Friday, March 19, 2010


    Noted Chicago attorney, leader in the civil rights movement, and also for African American political empowerment, Lawrence E. Kennon is being honored for his lifetime of achievement by the Chicago Committee To Defend The Bill Of Rights at a celebration on Saturday, March 27, 3:00-6:00 PM, at 1401 West Roosevelt Road. The event is open to the public and will launch the Lawrence E. Kennon Scholarship Fund.
    Tickets for this event are $50 per person and $75 per couple. Reservations can be made by calling Brenetta Howell Barrett at 312/733-9692 or Bob Clarke at 773/281-5164. Checks made out to the Bill Of Rights Foundation are tax deductible.
    WVON Radio host Cliff Kelley is MC for the celebration and attorney James Montgomery is a principal speaker. MacArthur’s Restaurant is catering the celebration.
    Larry Kennon recently marked his 80th birthday and announced his retirement from the practice of law. He was a member of the law firm of Power & Dixon. He began his career as an assistant state’s attorney and practiced criminal law. He went on to represent the NAACP, ACLU, Black Panthers, and African American Patrolman’s League as he specialized in civil rights cases. Kennon has battled police brutality and is a participating attorney in the effort to prosecute Jon Burge and other police officers involved in torturing citizens.
    Kennon was a leader in the effort to elect Harold Washington Mayor of Chicago. He served as Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. He was one of Washington’s personal attorneys and served as Vice President of the Cook County Bar Association. He was involved in several landmark national legal battles and is recipient of prestigious honors and awards.

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