On Feb. 8, 2017, The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) of John F. Kennedy College of Law, in collaboration with Associate Dean and Professor of Law Chris Kanios, began its Black History Month Celebration by hosting a movie night. The selected film was Soul of Justice: Thelton Henderson’s American Journey.
Several students of diverse backgrounds attended the viewing of the film. The film highlighted pivotal moments in U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson’s life where he directly observed external circumstances relating to the Civil Rights Movement and his interaction with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Upon the conclusion of the film, Justice Martin Jenkins, Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal encouraged students to find their passion and develop the necessary skill set for that particular area of law in which they desire in which to enter. “There is a civil rights inclusion decision in every aspect of law; it is important to learn about the world and learn about people,” said Justice Jenkins.
While this event served as the beginning of BLSA’s Black History Month Celebration it also revisited a moment from the past at the College of Law. Several years ago when the film was initially created, Dean Kanios hosted a viewing of the film and a panel discussion with Judge Henderson and Justice Jenkins in attendance.
Associate Dean Kanios played an intricate part in Justice Jenkins attending the event tonight and also remains close friends with Justice Jenkins and Judge Henderson.
BLSA is hosting the conclusion of its Black History Month Celebration with a panel discussion with 6 distinguished legal professionals that will discuss the film in further detail and extend to a more in-depth conversation regarding current events.
The panel discussion will be held on Wednesday Feb 22, 2017 in Rm S209 from 5:15pm-6:45pm. We invite everyone to attend and participate in the discussion.
Refreshments will be served.
Written by Theresa Willis, College of Law student and Vice President of the Black Law Student Association.