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Courts celebrate Black History Month

February 9, 2009

The chair of the Department of Africana Studies and associate professor of history at Notre Dame University will speak to children and the general public in a lecture titled "Forging the Children of the Sun: The Human Spirit and Jim Crow," a Black History Month program Feb. 20 at the Federal Courthouse in Indianapolis.

In the morning, Dr. Richard Pierce will talk about Jim Crow laws with students in Indianapolis. At 2 p.m., Pierce, who specializes in African-American, urban, and civil rights history, will speak to the general public about Jim Crow laws. The Kenyatta Dance Troup, which specializes in modern dance, will also perform. One hour of CLE credit is pending for the afternoon event.

"We hope (participants) will get an appreciation for black history, but specifically this year for the progress we've made from the Jim Crow era to the present. It's hard to believe that we went from laws that said, 'You can't sit here,' 'You can't drink from this fountain,' 'You can't eat here,' to the present," said Juval Scott, an assistant federal defender and a member of the Black History Month Program Committee.

She added that the event will provide a good opportunity for attorneys to meet and speak with federal judges.

The program will be in Courtroom 307 and a reception and light refreshments will follow.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, U.S. Probation Office, the Office of the U.S. Attorney, the U.S. Marshals Service for the Southern District of Indiana, and the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

No reservation is required for this free event and free CLE credit. For more information, contact Carrie Denny at (317) 229-3716.

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