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UT Law commemorating Black History Month

The UT Law community is commemorating Black History Month throughout February with a number of events that focus on education, dialogue, and community-building.

Sunday, February 7, 2:00 p.m.

Screening: Dead Man Walking

Lawson McGhee Library, 500 West Church Avenue

Dead Man Walking tells the true story of a man facing execution and Sister Helen Prejean’s efforts to help him find peace. Capital punishment expert and UT Law Professor Penny Whit will introduce the movie and discuss the nuances of the death penalty.

Part of the Clarence Brown Theatre’s “A Lesson Before Dying” program series

Thursday, February 11, 7:00 p.m.

Lecture: Dr. Stephen Bright, “Race Poverty, and the Death Penalty–Then and Now”

McClung Museum, 1327 Circle Park Drive

Bright, a two-time UT Law Advocate-in-Residence, is the president and senior counsel at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta and teaches at Yale Law School. As a UT Law Advocate-in-Residence, he co-taught seminars on capital punishment and the right to counsel. Bright has argued three cases in the United States Supreme Court, all of which dealt with racial discrimination in the composition for juries in criminal cases. Dinner will be provided.

Supported by the Mildred Haines and William Elijah Morris Lecture Endowment Fund

Monday, February 22, Noon

MLK Luncheon (rescheduled from MLK Week)

A UT Law Tradition

Enjoy a small group lunch in a professor’s office and discuss civil rights, King’s legacy, and our law school community.

Lunch provided (Chipotle)

Questions? Contact Wendy Bach, chair of the Committee on Community and Inclusion.