Today, in Lauderdale County, Northeast Lauderdale Highschool held a Black History Month program, where the guest speaker was the first African American female to receive a law degree from the University of Mississippi and the first female African American judge in Mississippi.
Guest speaker and Mississippi native, Attorney Constance Slaughter-Harvey, promoted civil and human rights throughout her career, like assisting with desegregation of the Mississippi state highway patrol, voter registration, and high-quality legal representation for minorities.
Today, she spoke to the students at Northeast on the topic of “courage can be contagious”.
“ The songs that they sang today, my favorite was ‘My mind set on freedom’, and that’s been my mantra for the past 55 years, and so it makes me very happy to see that the young people here at Northeast are at least inclines to do the right thing and I offered them a challenge and I think they can handle it”, said Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Esq.
Attorney Slaughter- Harvey challenged the students to be courageous and utilize their ability to vote, in order to have a voice in their community.