Attorney and advocate Benjamin Crump will give the Black History Month keynote address in Pugh Auditorium, Benson University Center on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. The following description appears on the Office of Civic and Community Engagement website:
Crump represents clients in some of the most important and contentious cases of our time, taking a place in legal history with his pursuit of justice. His role in the Trayvon Martin, Martin Lee Anderson Boot Camp, Jannie Ligons (State of Oklahoma vs. Daniel Holtzclaw) and Robbie Tolan cases shows a legacy built around the idea that the Constitution applies to everyone, at every level of society. Mr. Crump’s passion for advocacy has given him the privilege to fight for justice on behalf of the marginalized in our country, a calling to which he remains dedicated.
A book signing will follow the conversation where his newly released book, “Open Season, Legalized Genocide of Colored People,” will be available for purchase.
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Noted civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump participated in a panel discussion moderated by Professor Melissa Harris-Perry and Miles Middleton (’21). Crump has represented clients in some of the most important and contentious cases of our time, playing a role in the Trayvon Martin, Martin Lee Anderson, Jannie Ligons and Robbie Tolan cases. The conversation was sponsored by @interculturalwfu, @wfulawschool, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. #WFU's Slavery, Race and Memory Project helped fund the event. Crump also met with a group of #WFU and @wssu1892 students for a discussion on improving relations between the two Universities. #BlackHistoryMonth #WFUBHM20
Livestreaming is planned this week for two major events associated with Black History Month.
On Feb. 16, the keynote event for Black History Month will be a panel discussion featuring the national co-chairs of the recent Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez will participate in a moderated discussion in Wait Chapel at 7 p.m.
A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for Maya Angelou Hall will be livestreamed on Feb. 17. It will be livestreamed here. The event begins at 3 p.m.
The residence hall, which opened this semester, is named in honor of world-renowned writer, professor and civil rights activist Maya Angelou, who was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest until her death in 2014.
The keynote event for Black History Month will be a panel discussion featuring the national co-chairs of the recent Women’s March in Washington, D.C. Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez will participate in the moderated discussion in Wait Chapel on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.
The discussion will be moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry, Maya Angelou Presidential Chair and executive director of the Pro Humanitate Institute. She is also founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center.
The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets can be reserved here.
In addition, the event will be livestreamed.
Their appearance will be one of many events and activities presented by Wake Forest’s Intercultural Center and the Black History Month Committee. A detailed schedule is available online.
Other events and activities planned for February include an opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Greg Ellison, author of “Cut Dead But Still Alive: Caring for African American Young Men,” a book; an address by Payton Head, who was the student government president at the University of Missouri during the 2015 campus protests; a dedication ceremony at Maya Angelou Residence Hall; and much more.
The keynote event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Black History Month Committee, the Pro Humanitate Institute, Intercultural Center, Student Union, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Personal and Career Development, Department of Communication, Black Student Alliance and Women’s Center.
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