BOSTON (AP) — A Harvard Law School professor who taught Barack and Michelle Obama says he has Alzheimer’s disease and is vowing to fight it.

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In this Aug. 1, 2014 file photo, Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree Jr., center, and former United States ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young, right, take part in a panel discussion during the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Boston. Ogletree, who taught President Barack Obama and represented rapper Tupac Shakur, said he has Alzheimer’s disease and vows to fight it, Tuesday, July 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Charles Ogletree says he came forward to help encourage others not to fear the dreaded diagnosis.

Ogletree represented Anita Hill when she accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991. He also represented the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/29BmgPs) the 63-year-old Ogletree wants to tell people “don’t be afraid” of Alzheimer’s.

President Obama told the newspaper in a statement Tuesday he’s saddened by the news but inspired by Ogletree’s courage.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com