Symposium on Equal Rights on May 3 in Greensboro – Law Day 2013

April 16, 2013

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, the American Bar Association chose Realizing the Dream: Equality for All as its 2013 Law Day theme. The members of the NC Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) legal association are dedicated to protecting the rights of all North Carolinians. On May 3, NCAJ will be hosting a full-day, free symposium on equal rights consistent with the ABA theme. This event is co-sponsored by the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro and will be held at the museum.

The May 3 event entitled Realizing the Dream: The Elusive Quest for Equality and Fairness in America will provide an opportunity to explore the civil and human rights movements in America and their impact on promoting the ideal of equality for all. Presentations begin at 9:00 am, to be followed by an afternoon reception. Speakers to include:

  • Historian David Cecelski: “The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War”
  • UNC Law Professor Gene Nichol: “Lincoln, King, and the Challenge of Equal Justice”
  • Attorney Anita Earls and Bob Hall: “Voting Rights Under Attack, Past and Present”
  • Panel Discussion moderated by attorney Lewis Pitts; Panelists: Attorneys Keith Howard and Mark Dorosin, and Deena Hayes-Greene: “Causes, Consequences, and Elimination of the School to Prison Pipeline”
  • Attorney James E. Ferguson II: “Litigating Race in North Carolina – A Retrospective”
  • Panel Discussion moderated by attorney Malcolm Hunter; Panelists: Judge Lou Trosch Jr., Judge Gregory Weeks, and Dr. Seth Kotch: “Racialized Mass Incarceration and It’s Impact on Equal Justice”
  • Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II: “Recovering a Noble Principle: Equal Protection Under the Law”
  • Attorney Karen Bethea- Shields (Galloway) and Historian Dr. Gena Rae McNeil: “State v. Joan Little – Defending Black Womanhood from Racialized Sexual Violence Through Advocacy and Activism”

For more information or to register for this event, please contact