Earlier in the week, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights convened a 2 day event to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This included the unveiling of the second casting of the Eleanor Roosevelt statue by sculptor, Penelope Jencks. The statue, owned by Mansfield College, was illuminated by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and now stands outside the Bonavero Institute within Mansfield College's grounds.

Allida Black, Research Professor of History at the George Washington University and Editor Emerita of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, will be talking about Eleanor Roosevelt’s life, her experiences as wife of the U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt and her vital contribution towards drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Eleanor Roosevelt believed that education and equal opportunities should be available to all, and used her role as First Lady of the United States of America to fight for civil rights, the rights of women and racial equality. The UDHR was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10 December 1948.

Allida Black is also the founder and Managing Director of the Allenswood Group, LLC, a consortium to promote human rights education and to advise women leaders. 

This open event has been organised by Mansfield College as part of their Friday night Lecture Series. This is the opening lecture, convened by the new Principal of Mansfield College, Helen Mountfield QC.

All are welcome to attend.

L-R Kate O'Regan, Helena Kennedy, Allida Black, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tracy Roosevelt, Helen Mountfield

Photo courtesy of John Cairns