Fisk University will welcome Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby to its Nashville campus Feb. 25 as a guest of the Student Government Association. The prosecutor will be a presenter at the Inaugural S.G.A. Lecture series during Black History Month. The event will take place in the Fisk Memorial Chapel at 7 p.m.
Mosby rose to national fame following her office’s decision to prosecute the police officers involved in the circumstances surrounding the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. The 25-year-old Black man’s death sparked days of protest that erupted in violence in April 2015.
According to her biography, Mosby is the youngest chief prosecutor of any major city in America.
The product of a family of police officers, Mosby was raised by her grandparents in inner-city Boston, she told the AFRO in 2013. As part of Massachusetts’ efforts to desegregate its schools, Mosby attended and eventually graduated from Dover-Sherborn Regional High School in 1998. One of only three Black girls in the school, Mosby served on the student government association and was co-editor of the school newspaper, she added.
She went on to graduate magna cum laude from Tuskegee University in Alabama, with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2002, then returned home to attend Boston College Law School.
Upon graduation, Mosby joined the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office in 2005, where she served as an assistant state’s attorney until 2012. She left the prosecutor’s office to become a litigator for Liberty Mutual Insurance, where she investigated and defended against fraudulent insurance claims throughout the state of Maryland.
In 2014, Mosby ran against incumbent Gregg L. Bernstein in the Democratic primary for Baltimore state’s attorney and won with 55 percent of the vote. She was sworn into that office in January 2015.
According to BlackinAmerica.com, Mosby will address issues pertinent to collegiate and young professionals in her remarks at Fisk. The event is free and open to the public.