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Panel Urges Students To Be Engaged In Communities

(NSU NEWSROOM--April 19, 2014)--The Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center at Norfolk State University held a roundtable discussion on April 17 about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 where legal experts and scholars talked about the history of America and how it has impacted citizens of color.

The panel featured speakers (right to left) Southern University Law Center Vice Chancellor John Pierre, Hampton University Professor Eric Claville, radio host and moderator Barbara Hamm Lee, Campbell University Law Professor Amos Jones, and the Hon. John Charles Thomas, a retired justice of the Virginia Supreme Court.

The panelists each shared their views about civil rights in America and how it relates to today’s issues. They urged young people to be engaged in their communities so they could help create solutions to problems such as recidivism and mass incarceration, education, unemployment and poverty.

Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, an NSU history professor and lead organizer, said she thought the event was successful and she hopes the roundtable encourages more dialogue about civil rights. She said the roundtable was a part of the NSU’s 1619 Making of America project.

“I think the panel was a success,” Dr. Newby-Alexander said. “They really dissected the laws in America of inequality that we are still struggling with today.”

The roundtable was sponsored and filmed by Cox Communications and the NSU College of Liberal Arts. The discussion will be aired on Cox Channel 11 at 7 p.m. on April 20. It will also be available on Cox On Demand.

 
     
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