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Michelle D. Bernard is the president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy and is a frequent political and legal analyst on MSNBC and other television networks.

An attorney by training, Ms. Bernard concentrates on domestic and foreign policy matters and has spoken on topics as varied as civil rights, social and gender justice issues, the historic 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns and elections, various Congressional and gubernatorial campaigns and elections, the political participation and voting trends of African Americans, Hispanics and women, education reform and school choice, foreign policy and national security issues, and advancing democracy, economic liberty, and the human rights of women and ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East. Ms. Bernard is a regular political analyst with MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews and Up with Steve Kornacki. Additionally, Ms. Bernard appears on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and The McLaughlin Group. She is a regular guest commentator on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More with Michel Martin and The Diane Rehm Show and is a contributor for The Huffington Post and The Washington Post’s She the People.

Ms. Bernard is the author of “Naming the Sin: Are Churches Helping to Stop Domestic Violence or Enabling It,” Sojourner’s (December 2013), Moving America Toward Justice: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1963-2013 (2013), Women’s Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier and More Independent Than Ever Before (2007) and is a contributing author to the National Urban League’s State of Black America 2009: Message to the President ( 2009) and Lifetime Network’s Secrets of Powerful Women: 25 Successful American Politicians Tell How They Got Where They Are – And What It’s Like (2010). In 2009, Ms. Bernard co-created and hosted MSNBC’s television special, About Our Children, featuring Dr. Bill Cosby. Ms. Bernard is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hampton University and sits on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Opportunity in Education and the Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C. Aditionally, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence.


Ms. Bernard was a partner at the District of Columbia’s Patton Boggs LLP. She holds a bachelor of arts in philosophy and political science from Howard University and a Juris Doctor degree from The Georgetown University Law Center.

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Amma Asante's Belle May Lead to Real Freedom for Women Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 10:30 AM

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I have now experienced my first and only girl crush. The object of my affection is Dido Elizabeth Belle, whose life has been brought to screen by Amma Asante, the director of the film Belle....
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Single Mothers Are Not Responsible for a Decline in Newspaper Sales

(11) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 1:40 PM

I am a divorced, single mother of two lovely children. And I'm African-American, too. These facts alone inevitably lead to a cornucopia of stereotypes about single mothers whether African-American, Hispanic or white as "baby mamas" destroying America's virtue. All of the stereotypes are tiresome and the latest is just plain...

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The All-Woman Jury Finds George Zimmerman Not Guilty: Will There Ever Be Justice for Young Men?

(31) Comments | Posted July 14, 2013 | 9:53 PM

Now that the jury in the Zimmerman trial has reached its verdict, finding George Zimmerman not guilty of second degree murder or manslaughter in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, the mothers and fathers of African American boys have no choice but to ask whether there will ever be justice...

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The State of the Teachers' Union

(9) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 3:41 PM

I must confess -- I look forward to the State of the Union every year, no matter who the president is. Sure, it's a long speech with staged pauses so approximately half of Congress can stand and applaud, giving us a visual reminder of just how divided this country is....

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A More Constructive Approach to Fighting Childhood Obesity

(6) Comments | Posted October 18, 2011 | 4:33 PM

A recent column by Huffington Post contributor Donald Cohen would lead readers to believe that the food industry -- and anyone else who disagrees with the government's proposed guidelines on the marketing of food to children -- simply doesn't care about our nation's childhood obesity epidemic.

Mr....

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Obesity Problem Is About Personal Responsibility and Access

(77) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 12:47 PM

Regarding Kristin Wartman's August 1st column, "Food Industry Would Prefer to Regulate Itself," Ms. Wartman casts the food and advertising industry as the callous, corporate villain for a problem that, in truth, is really about personal responsibility and access to healthy and affordable foods.

First though, a little...

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