Michael Wenger


George Washington University

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Michael R. Wenger of Mitchellville, MD, teaches about race and minority relations and institutional racism at The George Washington University, is a consultant on race relations, and is a founding member of the Within Our Lifetime Network, an alliance dedicated to ending racism within our lifetimes. He formerly was a Senior Fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC, and from August, 1997 to October, 1998, he was Deputy Director for Outreach and Program Development for President Clinton’s Initiative on Race. From 1981 to 1997 he served as States’ Washington Representative for the Appalachian Regional Commission, and from 1971 to 1981 he held key policy-making positions in the office of the Mayor of Charleston, WV and then in the administration of then-WV Governor John D. Rockefeller IV. Prior to that, in the late 1960s, he was a community organizer in the anti-poverty program in southern West Virginia. He began his professional career as a journalist and a teacher. His memoir, published in 2012, is entitled My Black Family, My White Privilege: A White Man’s Journey Through the Nation’s Racial Minefield, and he speaks and writes frequently about issues of race. Mr. Wenger was born in New York City and educated at Queens College of the City University of New York, where he was a leader in the civil rights struggles of the early 1960s. He is married and has three grown children, four grandchildren, and a great grandchild.