RALEIGH – Campbell Law School will celebrate Black History Month throughout February with four events organized by the Black Law Student Association (BLSA). The Campbell Law community will delve into topics including subtle forms of racism, notable yet relatively unknown important figures in Black American history, and the minority experience at Campbell Law.
“Year after year our Black Law Student Association goes above and beyond in orchestrating a challenging, thought-provoking, and informative celebration of Black History Month, and the four activities in line for this year are no exception,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “I welcome the energy and discussions that will result because of their hard work and this celebration.”
On Thursday, Feb. 1, BLSA will screen Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed Get Out at 6 p.m. in room 105. The film touches on themes regarding subtle racism that minorities may endure. Those themes will be discussed by a panel of local attorneys during a lunch event on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at noon in room 105.
On Wednesday, Feb. 21, the BLSA Executive Board will take on the role of educators for an event called Blacks in Wax. The members of the BLSA Executive Board will be present in the Student Commons at noon dressed as notable but relatively unknown figures from Black history, including Constance Baker-Motley, Jane Bolin, Dr. Charles Drew, Dr. Ernest E. Just, Fred Hampton, Maggie Walker, and Patricia Roberts Harris. These “wax figures” will educate students, faculty, and staff on the historical significance and importance of their namesakes and answer any questions.
A minority student panel will round out the events on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at noon in room 105. The student body will be allowed to submit questions concerning the minority experience at Campbell Law, which will be answered by minority students from each of the three law school classes. This event is designed to promote empathy and understanding between all students at Campbell Law.