Monumental City Bar Association


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National Bar Association President Clyde Bailey speaks at 10th Anniversary Celebration of South African Human Rights Day on March 22, 2004

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa invited President Bailey to give opening remarks prior to a panel discussion on Human Rights and Constitutionalism in South Africa: Ten Years Later.

This historic event, held at Howard University, was hosted by Ambassador Horace Dawson, Director of the Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center and included such distinguished scholars on human rights as Professor Richard Thornell, Howard University Law School, Ms. Nobayeni Dladla, Embassy of South Africa, Professor Ziyad Motala, Howard University School of law, and Professor R T. Nhlapo, Deputy South Africa Ambassador.

In his remarks, President Bailey indicated that the “National Bar Association…is one of many NGOs that have reached out to the new leaders of South Africa based on shared and common interest and experience in human rights and civil rights.” Bailey also emphasized that “We [African American lawyers] share a common and unshakable bond with South Africans who steadfastly advocate for human and civil rights in a society that values the Rule of Law.”

The National Bar Association, founded in 1925, is the nation’s oldest and largest association of attorneys of color, representing a professional network of over 20,000 lawyers, judges, educators and law students.

President Bailey’s complete statement as well as other information concerning the National Bar Association is available at