February 28, 2013 - Knoxville, Tennessee — The Lincoln Memorial University-John J. Duncan, Jr., School of Law (LMU-DSOL) presented a panel discussion in honor of Black History Month on Tuesday. The event featured Dr. Roy DeBerry, Jackson State University professor emeritus and The Hill Country Project executive director, and Susan Williams, coordinator of Highlander Library/Resource Center.

LMU-DSOL Assistant Professor of Law Stephen Wilks moderated the panel which took place in the Courtroom. DeBerry shared his reflections on the Civil Rights Movement and Williams discussed the Highlander Center’s history of advocating for social change. The panel presentation was part of LMU-DSOL’s ongoing professionalism series for students. The event was co-sponsored by the Dean’s Office, the Black Law Student Association (BLSA), LMU-DSOL’s Diversity Committee, the Office of Admissions and the Dean of Students.

The Hill Country Project (HCP) is a non-profit organization in Benton County, Miss. The group’s mission is to record the stories of residents of Benton County who grew up during the Southern civil rights movement and earlier; and to assist local groups build a strong economic base and a sustainable community through establishing solid educational and job training programs, and developing entrepreneurship and new employment opportunities in the county.

Highlander Research and Education Center serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. The Center works with people fighting for justice, equality and sustainability, supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny. Highlander empowers the communities it serves through popular education, participatory research, and cultural work, where people gain knowledge, hope and courage, expanding their ideas of what is possible.

The Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU-DSOL is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DSOL, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 5303 or visit us online at

CAPTION: Dr. Roy DeBerry addresses students, faculty and administration gathered for the Lincoln Memorial University-Duncan School of Law Black History Month Panel.

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