King-Chavez Speaker Series: A Tradition of Social Justice

Each spring since 1999, Loyola Law School has celebrated the life and work of Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King, Jr. Speakers have included the Rev. James Lawson, an advisor and mentor to Dr. King; Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers with Chavez; and civil rights lawyer Connie Rice. The 2016 celebration, held on March 29, 2016, was unique for its choice of speakers: students. 

A faculty commitee selected student speakers Priscilla Ankrah '16, Nerses Aposhian '17, Kathleen Becket '18 and Nicole Duncan '16 in a process that involved multiple drafts and work across several months. They were asked to focus on contemporary justice challenges from particular personal, family and community perspectives. Video from their presentations is below. 

"In a time when public rhetoric about law is more heated and divisive than it has been for decades, law schools have an important role to play in returning to the best traditions of social justice in America," said Professor Sam Pillsbury, who organized the event along with Professors Cindy Archer, Priscilla Ocen and Gary Williams. 

 Priscilla Ankrah '16 
 Nerses Aposhian '17 

Kathleen Becket '18

Nicole Duncan '16