Norma Cantú, Lawyer, Educator, Social Activist

Happy Birthday to educator, lawyer, social activist and politico Norma Cantú, born on November 2, 1954 in Brownsville, Texas.  Cantú earned a double major BA from the University of Texas and then a law degree from Harvard by age 22.  She worked as an attorney with MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund).  In 1993 President Bill Clinton appointed her as assistant secretary for civil rights at the Department of Education.  Since 2001, Cantú has taught law and education at the University of Texas. Cantú is dedicated to social justice and education; as she once stated, “I believe a future with equal opportunity is inevitable, and my job is to make the inevitable happen faster.”

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