RALEIGH, N.C. - Campbell Law School will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with a trio of events organized by the Black Law Student Association (BLSA). The Campbell Law community will explore topics including the history of racial inequality, black history and the school-to-prison pipeline.
“Our Black Law Student Association always does a great job of creating thought-provoking activities and discussions during Black History Month,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “We have three strong, intriguing events set for this month, and I look forward to the energy and discussion this celebration brings to our campus community.”
On Wednesday, Feb. 1, BLSA will kick off its Black History Month celebration with a screening of the documentary film 13th at 6 p.m. in room 105. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African Americans.
The entire Campbell Law Community is invited to participate in a cultural sharing event on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at noon in room 313. Participants are encouraged to share poetry, spoken word pieces, dramatic narratives or songs connecting with the theme, “What Black History Means to Me.” Presenters are welcome to share original works or material created by others so long as their presentations are limited to five minutes.
Dr. Marrius Pettiford and Dr. Paul Walker will lead a conversation on topics surrounding the school-to-prison pipeline on Wednesday Feb. 22 at noon in room 105. The discussion will explore how the school-to-prison pipeline largely affects minority children, how it currently impacts schools in Wake County, new incentives to try and bridge the gap, new laws that are being implemented and how future lawyers can take action. Dr. Pettiford is the senior director of counseling and student services for Wake County and Dr. Walker is from the Wake County Office of Student Due Process.
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