On Wednesday, April 2, NCCU Law students, faculty and staff impressed Chancellor Deborah Saunders – White with a reenactment of the landmark decisions in McKissick v. Carmichael, Brown v. Board of Education, and a contemporary reenactment of the Moral Monday movement.
Dean Phyllis Craig – Taylor and Professor Angela Gilmore welcomed Chancellor Saunders – White. Professor Malik Edwards provided an overview of NCCU Law’s pivotal role in the civil rights movement.
McKissick was covered by Professor Wendy Scott, who gave an overview of the case, followed by Kinna Clark and Anthony Burts representing the State’s position. Representing Floyd McKissick and the remaining appellants in their challenge to the ‘Separate But Equal’ doctrine were Lynn Roberts, III – arguing as Thurgood Marshall, and Shelley Fullwood – arguing as Conrad O. Pearson.
Professor Nareissa Smith gave an overview of the Brown decision, with Gregory Spiers and Ammee Smith providing a rousing rendition of the State’s position. Representing the Plaintiffs in the landmark case were Jonathan Savage – arguing as Charles Scott, and Shelvia Dancy – Arguing as Spotswood Robinson. Ronald Williams and Sonye Randolph argued the Brown II
Professor April Dawson discussed the contemporary Civil Rights Movement, specifically the Moral Monday Challenges to the North Carolina Senate and House legislative repeals. Students representing the protesters were Amelia O’Rourke – Owens, Larry Dempsey, Cassandra Patterson, Meredith Darlington & Molly Brewer.
NCCU Law faculty and alumni served as judges for all three sessions. Judges included the Honorable Leon Stanback, the Honorable Ernest Fullwood, the Honorable Patricia Evans, the Honorable Cressie Thigpen, the Honorable Milton Tingling, the Honorable Paul A. Hardison, Professors Geeta Kapur, Scott Holmes, Michael Wallace, David Green, Patti Bynum, Cheryl Amana, and Deria Hayes.
Professor Reddix – Smalls chaired and organized the committee, as well as prepared and mooted students. Chanel Patrick, Khalilah White and Shelley Fullwood acted as student coordinators.
Early reports from Chancellor Saunders – White indicated that the event was an overwhelming success.