The Diversity Digest | Black History Month Edition


A Message From Femi Disu-Oakley

Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Legal Aid Society

The Legal Aid Society proudly joins the rest of the country in celebrating and recognizing the African American and Black community during this year’s Black History Month.

This month is an opportunity to reflect and pay tribute to the incredible contributions that African American and Black individuals have made to our city and our nation. Yet, this is also a time to examine and confront the history of injustices, both large and small, that continue to affect this community. We vow to remain vigilant to the hardships they endure and will continue to demand racial justice and equality through our tireless advocacy. We are honored to stand with our African American and Black colleagues and the communities of color that we serve. Together, we can make equal justice a reality for all those who struggle in silence.

NYC Attorneys: Get Your Diversity and Inclusion Credits

Trial Reenactment: Constance Baker Motley, James Meredith, and the University of Mississippi

Monday, February 12th, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m (Reception to Follow)

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:

The Asian American Bar Association of New York and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association

NY CLE Credit: 2.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

Outsmart Your Unconscious Bias

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 | 6:00pm-8:00pm

Free for Members & All Public Interest Attorneys | $50 Non-Members 

This program will be webcast.

NY CLE Credit: 2.0 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

The Color of Law:
The Role of U.S. Law and Policy in Racial Segregation in Housing

Friday, March 23rd, 2018 | 9:00am-10:30am


Richard Rothstein, author of "The Color of Law" and Fellow, Thurgood Marshall Institute, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Coty Montag, Deputy Director of Litigation, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Program Fee: Free for Members & All Public Interest Attorneys | $50 Non-Members

NY CLE Credit: 1.5 Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

Black History Month Events

Panel discussions, museum happenings, film screenings, and more!

Black Lives Matter Movement: How it Shapes Our Advocacy in the Court and the Community

A Panel Discussion, Hosted by The Legal Aid Society's Brooklyn Office

February 22nd | 5:30pm

111 Livingston Street

Legal Aid Society Event

Legal Aid Society staff and community organizers will be discussing the powerful BLM movement during our current administration.

Brooklyn Museum Celebrates Black History Month

February 3rd

Brooklyn Museum Event

All month long, the Brooklyn Museum will feature art exhibits, live music, poetry, films, and more, to celebrate Black History Month.

MBBA Celebrates Black Judges

February 8th

Celebrating Black Judges

MBBA Black History Month Celebration Honoring all of New York's Black Judges for Their Impact!

Book Signing and Discussion

Cheryl Wills: A Family Story of Slavery and Freedom

February 12th

Cheryl Willis Book Signing

In her book, "Die Free: A Heroic Family Tale", award-winning news anchor Cheryl Wills traces the powerful story of her enslaved great-great-great-grandfather, who ran away from a Tennessee plantation to join the fight for freedom.

African Voices #DACA

by The City College of New York, Black Studies Program

February 13th


This event will focus on the intersection of DACA, Black Lives Matter and issues overall affecting immigrant populations from the perspective of local advocates and activists.

Live Jazz

February 13th

Live Jazz with Joey Morant

One of the most exciting and dynamic trumpeters on the scene, Joey Morant brings his thrilling blend of jazz, R&B, and the celebratory sounds of New Orleans to this special Mardi Gras performance. Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America.

Panel Discussion: Black Writers in a Post Obama America

Hosted by the Brooklyn Historical Society

February 27th

Black Writers Post Obama

Hear from authors Kaitlyn Greenidge, Bernice McFadden, Garnette Cadogan, and Quincy Troupe in a panel discussion moderated by novelist and Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, Elizabeth Nunez.