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New England Law | Boston Black History Month events

(Boston, 2/11/14) New England Law | Boston:  A panel of distinguished judges, an award-winning film, and a “Hoodie Day” program are among New England Law | Boston’s upcoming Black History Month events.

Professor Caryn Mitchell-Munevar Professor Caryn Mitchell-Munevar
The events are sponsored by the Charles Houston Hamilton Enrichment Program (CHHEP). “The goal in presenting these events is to celebrate diversity and promote the opportunity for open dialogue,” said Professor Caryn Mitchell-Munevar, CHHEP co-director. “They are intended for the entire New England Law community.”

On Tuesday, February 18, 5:30—7:30 p.m., a Judges Panel in the library’s Cherry Room will feature Hon. Barbara Dortch-Okara, retired judge, current New England Law professor; Judge Antoinette McLean Leoney ’84, Massachusetts District Court; and Judge Angela Ordoñez, chief justice, Probate and Family Court. The three women of color will share their professional and personal journeys. 
Lee Daniels’ The Butler will be shown on Friday, February 21, 3:00—6:00 p.m., in Stuart Street classroom 301. The acclaimed work of historical fiction tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades while the fight for civil rights, the Vietnam War, and other events unfolded. A New York Times review hailed this “brilliantly truthful film.”
Hon. Barbara Dortch-Okara Hon. Barbara Dortch-Okara is among the month's featured presenters.
The Black Law Students Association’s “Hoodie Day” on Wednesday, February 26, will mark the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death. The BLSA is encouraging members of the New England Law community to wear hooded sweatshirts, as Martin was when he was killed, to draw attention to the issue of racial profiling. To increase opportunities for discussion, CHHEP will host a brown bag lunch discussion for students and faculty, 11:45 a.m.—1:00 p.m., in Stuart Street classroom 501.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Professor Mitchell-Munevar.

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