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FAMU College of Law Participates in Spreading the Dream Collaborative and Encourages Local Middle School Students to Pursue Educational Dreams

Caption: “Education is Important Because…”: The Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law collaborated on the “Spreading the Dream” initiative for the second straight year, promoting a broader understanding of history and the law, while building an appreciation for academic achievement, diversity and community involvement for youth.  Joining FAMU College of Law were the African American Council of Christian Clergy, Orange County Public Schools, the Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.  A capacity audience, which included more than 2,000 middle school students from all 36 Orange County middle schools, packed the Dr. Phillips Center’s Walt Disney Theater on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 for a two-hour performance that featured television celebrity the Honorable Glenda Hatchett, well known for presiding over the syndicated show, Judge Hatchett.  During the program, College of Law students and guest jurists reenacted select arguments of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case.

 

Orlando, Fla. Danielle Lynn, second-year Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Law student, said, “it was the first step at opportunity, and the key to changing the world.”

Benjamin Schumann, also a second-year FAMU law student, said, “it paints a world of black and white to works of color, culture and opportunity.”

Katia Wilson, a third-year law student who serves as Student Bar Association (SBA) President, said education is important to her because, “it took me to Africa at 19 years old, and to China at 22 – free of charge.”

The law students joined event organizers and special guest jurists in expressing “Why Education is Important to Me” before a near capacity crowd at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (DPCPA).  The declarations were the opening lines to their roles in commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American Civil Rights Movement through the “Spreading the Dream” program.

The two-hour performance took place in the Center’s Walt Disney Theater with an audience that included more than 2,000 middle school students from all 36 Orange County middle schools on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

The event centered on the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case while highlighting milestone events, legislation, judicial rulings and people associated with the Civil Rights Movement.

The “Spreading the Dream” initiative offers unique components specifically designed to reach young students through a combined effort by the FAMU College of Law, the African American Council of Christian Clergy (AACCC), Orange County Public Schools (OCPS), DPCPA, and the City of Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission.

The collaboration promotes a broader understanding of history and the law, while building an appreciation for academic achievement, diversity and community involvement.

Following a pre-show featuring chorus students from Gotha Middle School, Wilson introduced stage guests who set the scene for the culminating portion of the performance – a reenactment of select arguments of the Brown v. Board of Education case.

In expressing why education is important, each speaker drew from personal accounts of overcoming obstacles, and made comparisons to either Linda Brown, the young girl at the center of the landmark case, or to the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The common theme with each declaration was “opportunity through effort” for the attending middle school students.

Prior to the reenactment, the middle school students would receive greetings and encouraging words from Dr. Barbara Jenkins, OCPS Superintendent; LeRoy Pernell, Dean, FAMU College of Law; Larry Mills, AACCC President; Brandy Hand, Orlando Mayor’s MLK Commission; and Scott Galbraith, Vice President, DPCPA.

FAMU College of Law Professor Patricia Broussard followed by providing historical perspectives leading up to the Brown case, including citations of slavery and Jim Crow laws.

For the reenactment portion, College of Law second-year students Lynn, and Gavin Molden provided background details on the lawyers who argued Brown and how the case made it to the Supreme Court combined with four similar cases from across the country.

Third-year law students Kristen Taylor and Eric Nemons performed the reenactment, reciting arguments from the Court transcript respectively as Attorneys Robert Carter and Thurgood Marshall before the Honorable Alicia Latimore and the Honorable Faye Allen, judges with the Ninth Judicial Circuit, who performed as Justices of the Supreme Court.

The event concluded with words from event organizer Roderick Zak, Pastor, Rejoice in the Lord Ministries; the Honorable Charles T. Wells, former Justice of the Florida Supreme Court; and the Honorable Glenda Hatchett, a television celebrity who is well known for presiding over the syndicated show, Judge Hatchett.

The middle school students attending the event will also participate in a “Spreading the Dream” essay contest that focuses on the Civil Rights Era, with a $100 prize given to each school’s top essayist.  The overall winner will be awarded an additional $500.

“Spreading the Dream” premiered in 2014 as an initiative with the FAMU College of Law, the AACCC and OCPS.  The inaugural collaboration featured a similar program agenda with the Brown presentation offered to four middle schools, reaching just over 300 students over a two-day period at the FAMU College of Law Ceremonial Moot Courtroom.

Because of the resounding success of the 2014 program, the event was expanded this year to not only include all Orange County middle schools, but also to garner collaboration with the City of Orlando Mayor’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, as well as the DPCPA.

Sponsors of this year’s event included Bright House Networks, GrayRobinson, Mears Transportation Group, Walt Disney World, Hello Florida Destination Management, Orange County Bar Association, Delaware North, LGM Enterprises, Mango’s Tropical Cafe Orlando, T&G Constructors, Mims Constructors, PSA Constructors and Tupperware.

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