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Fiat Justitia, Let Justice Be Done
The History, Struggles, and Civil Rights Accomplishments of
African American Lawyers and Judges

Curated by Sandra West


January 27 - March 20, 2010

Opening Reception/Panel Discussion
Schedule of Programs

Main Library
Second Floor Gallery

5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ

PNC_Foundation PNC Foundation is proud to support the Newark Public Library's Black History Celebration.


This year's Black History Celebration exhibition, Fiat Justitia: Let Justice Be Done, focusing on black legal history, will be on view from January 27 through March 20, 2010. The experience of early African American lawyers who were subjected to racism as they attempted to capture and deliver elusive justice for African Americans will be explored, along with the evolution of black lawyers and judges in the professional work place. The exhibition also acknowledges and celebrates little-known legal practitioners who are pioneers in the field and principal players in major legal cases that changed the landscape of America—several of whom are from the greater Newark community.

Opening Reception and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Centennial Hall, 6:00 – 8:00pm

How Do We Navigate Race and Racism in This Age of Obama?

Moderated by Jacquelyn R. Rucker, Esq., retired from the Education Law Center. Panelists include (as of 12/28) Dr. S.E. Anderson, Brecht Forum Board of Directors and David Dante Troutt, Esq., Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law. Judge Robert L. Carter will be the guest of honor. American Sign Language interpreters will be present at this program.

2010 Black History Celebration Programs
Main Library, 5 Washington Street

Judge_Carter Judge Robert L. Carter: Civil Rights Pioneer (video)
(This program will be rescheduled.)
Auditorium, Fourth Floor

In this 2007 episode of Due Process, Judge Robert L. Carter, the legal architect of the Brown v. Board of Education case, discusses his activism in the NAACP and his tenure as assistant to the famed civil rights lawyer, Thurgood Marshall, with journalist Sandra King. James Jukes, Esq., will host the program.
Aunt_Sarah's_Recipes_book_cover Aunt Sarah's Recipes for a Long and Spirit-Filled Life: Wisdom and Soulful Lessons from a 105-Year-Old Matriarch by Caryl R. Lucas
Saturday, February 13
Centennial Hall, Second Floor
1:00 – 3:00 pm

Author and journalist Caryl R. Lucas, along with her great-aunt Sarah Carter Brown, will hold a discussion and book signing of Aunt Sarah's Recipes. The book shares tales of spirituality and folk wisdom.
Tamara_Britt_and_Judge_Jackson Dreams from Our Fathers
Wednesday, February 24
Centennial Hall, Second Floor
6:00 – 8:00 pm

This panel discussion is a conversation about lawyers: their lives, the values that shaped their successes, and the struggles they overcame. Panelists include Raymond Brown, Jr., Esq., host of NJN’s Due Process; Judge Harold Fullilove, Sr.; Judge Harold Fullilove, Jr.; Tamara Britt, Esq.; the Honorable Julien X. Neals, corporation counsel for the City of Newark; his father, noted retired New York State Administrative Law Judge Felix R. Neals; and Judge Randolph Jackson, author of How to Get a Fair Trial by Jury and Black People in the Bible.
Camille_Thurman_with_sax Camille Thurman Quartet
Saturday, March 6
Centennial Hall, Second Floor
12:00 – 2:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of jazz with saxophonist Camille Thurman, whose quartet played at the 2009 International Women in Jazz Festival and the Newark Bethany Baptist Church Jazz Vespers.
Courtney_Bryan Courtney Bryan Trio
Saturday, March 13
Centennial Hall, Second Floor
12:00 – 2:00 pm

This program spotlights the piano wizardry of Courtney Bryan, a native of New Orleans who blends jazz and gospel music.

Printable schedule of programs at the Library

All library programs are free and open to the public.


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