NCCU Law Commemorates National Constitution Day

Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010

To commemorate National Constitution Day, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law unveiled a Mural of the Constitution created by the famed muralist, Michael Brown. The unveiling ceremony took place Friday, September 17, 2010 at 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Turner Law Building.

Constitution Mural

The guest speaker was Randall Kennedy, the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. In his lecture, Professor Kennedy examined aspects of the U.S. Constitution as it relates to the historic and present day understanding of U.S. citizenship.

constitution muralDedication remarks were given by Art Pope, President of the John William Pope Foundation, immediately following the unveiling of the mural. Mr. Pope’s remarks centered on the ways in which “…the force of ideas declared and adopted in 1776” have guided the “…interpretation and application to the law of these documents.” In referring specifically to the 13th, 14th 15th, and 19th Amendments, Mr. Pope recognized the evolutionary growth of our Founding Documents as our country strives for “…not a perfect, but a ‘more perfect union’ under Constitutional government.”

Dean of the NCCU School of Law, Raymond C. Pierce, is very pleased with the outcome of the project. He stated that “Michael Brown has done an outstanding job in creating this mural of the United States Constitution. The mural is a fitting addition to our law school building. Our law school is thankful to Art Pope and The Pope Foundation for their generous support toward this work of art.”

Professor Kennedy

Randall Kennedy is a professor at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina. Mr. Kennedy attended St. Albans School, Princeton University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court.


Randall Kennedy

He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States. Awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law, Mr. Kennedy writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications. His most recent books are Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word (2002), Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption (2003), and Sellout (2007). A member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, Mr. Kennedy is also a Charter Trustee of Princeton University.

Michael Brown


Michael Brown

Michael Brown has painted murals for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Brown served as a fellow at the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and an educator for the Guggenheim Museum’s Outreach Program. His work is displayed prominently throughout the town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His clients include IBM, Duke University, and Wachovia Bank, to name a few.


Mural Unveil Guests

Dr. Jarvis Hall, Director of NCCU's Institute for Civic Engagement and Social Change; Muralist Michael Brown; Art Pope of the John William Pope Foundation: event sponsor; Key note speaker Randall Kennedy, the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; City of Durham Mayor Bill Bell; and Dean Raymond C. Pierce.