THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018
5:30pm reception, 6:30-8:00pm program
FREE admission // Registration required // Limited seating
Community of Christ Auditorium, Lower Assembly Room
1001 W. Walnut, Independence, MO 64050 (map)
Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Patrick came to Massachusetts at 14, when he was awarded a scholarship to Milton Academy through the Boston- based organization A Better Chance. After Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he clerked for a federal appellate judge and then launched a career as an attorney and business executive, becoming partner at two Boston law firms and a senior executive at Texaco and Coca-Cola.
In 1994, President Clinton appointed Patrick to the nation’s top civil rights post, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. In 2006, in his first bid for public office, he became the state’s first African-American governor. In his two terms as Governor, Patrick oversaw the expansion of affordable health care to more than 98 percent of state residents, launched initiatives stimulating clean energy and biotechnology, won a national Race to the Top grant, and steered the state out of recession to a 25-year high in employment.
Patrick currently serves as a Managing Director of Bain Capital Double Impact, where he focuses on investments that deliver both a competitive financial return and significant positive social impact. He is a Rockefeller Fellow, a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and the author of two books, A Reason to Believe: Lessons from an Improbable Life and Faith in the Dream: A Call to the Nation to Reclaim American Values.
Moderated by Allan J. Katz, U.S. Ambassador to Portugal (2010-2013) and founder of American Public Square, and Colleen McCain Nelson, Vice President/Editorial Page Editor at the Kansas City Star.
A Truman Series event presented by American Public Square, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Truman Library Institute, and the Harry S. Truman Center at UMKC.