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Lt. Governor to keynote MLK Convocation

January 21, 2019
By Whitney Helm

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes will give the keynote speech at the annual Beloit College Martin Luther King Day Jr. Convocation, which will be held today at 4:15 p.m. in Eaton Chapel.

Barnes was sworn into office on January 7, 2019. He is the first African-American to serve as a lieutenant governor in Wisconsin, and the second African-American ever to hold statewide office.

In 2012, at the age of 25, Barnes was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly, where he served two two-year terms. His tenure in the State Assembly included serving as Chair of the Legislature's Black and Latino Caucus and becoming a recognized leader on progressive economic policies and gun violence prevention legislation.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Barnes is the son of a public school teacher and a United Auto Workers member. He attended John Marshall High School and received his degree in telecommunications from Alabama A&M University.