Kim Foxx '97 keynote speaker at the Carbondale NAACP 40th annual Freedom Fund Banquet
October 17, 2017,
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CARBONDALE — Kimberly Foxx, the first African-American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, said Southern Illinois University Carbondale helped lay the foundation for her success.
Growing up in Cabrini-Green Homes in Chicago, raised by a single mother who dropped out of high school three months before she was set to graduate as she brought Foxx into the world, the groundbreaking prosecutor said she arrived 27 years ago in Carbondale “as a young person who was not expected to be much of anything,” as she put it.
“And so I got on the 4 o’clock Amtrak and came down here, for the first time in August of 1990, full of hopes and dreams and aspirations of one day becoming a lawyer. It was here, in Carbondale, for the course of the next seven years, that I got the foundation that I needed to stand here today — to come back, ever so grateful, grateful, grateful,” Foxx said Sunday afternoon at the Carbondale NAACP 40th annual Freedom Fund Banquet, where she delivered the keynote address.
Foxx received her bachelor’s degree in political science at SIU Carbondale and her juris doctorate degree from the SIU School of Law. In September, she was named the “Justice Champion of the Month” by the Coalition for Public Safety, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that represents the largest national bipartisan movement to reform the criminal justice system, comprising partner organizations from across the country.
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