The Black History celebration last night attracted a record-breaking crowd to hear the outstanding panel discussion on The Black Lives Matter Movement: How it Shapes Our Advocacy in Court and in The Community.
Nikita Price, prominent civil rights organizer from Picture The Homeless, facilitated this lively discussion, featuring the following speakers:
Victor Dempsey, community organizer from the Community Justice Unit; Loretta Johnson, staff attorney from the Juvenile Rights Practice; and Mavis Smith, paralegal case handler from the Civil Practice.
The panelists discussed how this movement has affected them personally and professionally and influenced their work within The Legal Aid Society. The discussion was interrupted several times during the evening with applause from the audience.
Femi Disu-Oakley, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, introduced the program by discussing the strength and resilience of the black community and stating that our heroes and leaders are present in our families, homes, communities and within The Legal Aid Society.