Marching Toward Justice exhibit featured at West Virginia State Univ.

The exhibit Marching Toward Justice: The History of the 14th Amendment will be featured at West Virginia State University Feb. 14 through April 15 to commemorate the university's 120th anniversary. The exhibit will be held in the Della Brown Taylor Gallery of WVSU's Davis Fine Arts Building.

Marching Toward Justice is part of the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History, a central repository for the nation's African American legal history. The exhibit was created to inform the public about the fundamental importance of the 14th Amendment and our nation's ongoing quest to realize the high ideals of the Declaration of Independence. It tells the story of our government's promotion of justice and equality for some while condoning the enslavement of others. Since the inaugural exhibition at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, D.C., the exhibit has traveled to more than 30 sites, including locations in San Francisco; Chicago; Topeka, Kan.; Boston; Dallas and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The exhibit at WVSU coincides with the university's Founders Day Convocation on March 17, an annual celebration marking the day legislation was signed in 1891 that created the land grant institution in Kanawha County, W.Va., for black students. The Honorable Damon J. Keith, LL.M. '56, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, will serve as the keynote speaker at the convocation. Judge Keith earned his bachelor's degree from West Virginia State College in 1943.

I. India Geronimo, director of the Damon J. Keith Law Collection of African American Legal History and former law clerk to the Hon. Damon J. Keith, will be present at the exhibit's opening ceremony on Feb. 18.

"We are pleased to bring the Marching Toward Justice exhibit to the WVSU community in celebration of the university's historic anniversary," Geronimo said. "We hope that WVSU students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends take the opportunity to visit the exhibit, as it helps describe our past and guide our future as we continue to work to ensure justice and equality for all."

Contact Geronimo at (313) 577-6530 or igeronimo@wayne.edu for more information or to schedule the Marching Toward Justice exhibit in your community.

Published: Tue, Feb 22, 2011

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