Black History Month events focus on legal profession's civil rights leadership

Recognizing the role of the legal profession in the civil rights movement, the Law School will host a series of events celebrating Black History Month under the banner Civil Rights Then and Now: The Evolving Struggle for Equity.

“We believe it’s important to take stock of and acknowledge the progress we’ve made — there is a black president for example — but also to recognize we have a long way to go,” said Dwayne Wright, who is in the juris doctorate/master of education joint degree program and president of the Black Law Students Association, which is organizing the events. He is set to graduate in 2015. 

All events are open to the public.

-- "Civil Rights Then and Now: The Evolution of Legal Strategies for Achieving Civil Rights for All" with NAACP General Counsel Kim Kennan is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Greg Sutliff Auditorium, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, Pa., and simulcast to the Legislative Hearing Room, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, Pa. 

-- "From Brown to Obama: A Black History Month Discussion" with Charles Dumas, is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in the Apfelbaum Family Courtroom, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, Pa., and simulcast to Room 116, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, Pa.

-- "The State Of Race and Ethnicity in the Law: A Roundtable Discussion with Penn State Law Faculty" is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 in Room 012, Lewis Katz Building, University Park, Pa., and simulcast to Room 112, Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, Pa.  

Last Updated February 10, 2014