Throughout the month of February we look forward to celebrating not only Black history but EVERYONE’S history! We will be bringing you little known (and some commonly known) facts about black men and women who essentially built this country through their knowledge, skills, and innovation. We hope you enjoy and encourage you to share them with your friends, family, and colleagues.
Elizabeth Freeman, nicknamed “Mum Bett,” was born into slavery in 1742, and was given to the Ashley family of Sheffield, Massachusetts, in her early teens.After the Revolutionary War, Freeman found herself pondering the legal and spiritual meaning of the words “all men are born free and equal,” after hearing an excerpt from the Massachusetts State Constitution. She met with Attny. Theodore Sedgwick, an abolitionist and asked to sue for her freedom. In the case ‘Brom and Bett v. Ashley’, Sedgwick argued that based on the Constitution, she shouldn’t be considered property and therefore should be free. The jury in the Court of Common Pleas decided in their favor, making Mum Bett the first female slave to sue and win her freedom.
Since its official inception in 1976, Black History Month has grown more widely and creatively celebrated. Every year, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) chooses a theme around which to center their Black History Month celebrations.The theme for 2021 is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” This theme explores both the African diaspora and the spread of Black families across the United States.
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Join us February 10, 2021 at 12pm – 2pm EST.
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Click the flyer below to register today for our upcoming CROWN Act webinar on February 11, 2021 at 12:30pm EST.
CLE Credit available for this webinar.
Join us February 24, 2021 for part one of this complimentary webinar/ CLE series!
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The 41st Gertrude E. Rush Awards & Mid-Year Conference is themed around the steadfast commitments and achievements of two of our most dedicated trailblazers of the Civil Rights Movement and change agents, Heman Sweatt and Gertrude E. Rush. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from esteemed civil rights leaders and other dynamic speakers as they share best practices, expertise and experiences navigating key legislation needed to protect our rights from abusive police misconduct, key components of navigating legal career paths and the latest on Covid-19 laws, impact and opportunities in today’s climate. Click the flyer below to register now!
Click the flyer to register for the 96th Annual Convention and Exhibits today!
The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 10 divisions, 12 regions, and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.