This month we celebrate Law Day. The ‘official day’ is May 1. We will have our luncheon on May 3 at the Renaissance Hotel.
Did you know that Law Day originated in 1957 and every president since Dwight Eisenhower has issued a Law Day proclamation each year? Law Day is a special day aimed to help people appreciate their liberties, affirm their loyalty to the United States, especially with regard to equality and justice, and cultivate respect for the law.
This year’s theme of Law Day is REALIZING THE DREAM: EQUALITY FOR ALL. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. At the centennial of the Proclamation in 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his eloquent and enduring ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. I just re-read the text of his speech and his words resonate just as much today as they did 50 years ago, including these powerful passages:
---“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.’”
---“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
It has been said that the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement can be seen in the strides that have been made against discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Certainly our profession, including the BCBA, has made significant strides in all of these areas. Our past and present bar leaders reflect the diversity of our society and community. However, we can, we must, and we are doing more.
Our speaker at this year’s Law Day, Past President W. George Allen, Esq., has contributed so much to the ideal of equality under the law, both professionally and personally. George has a resume filled with ‘firsts’: the first black law student to graduate from the University of Florida, the first black president of the BCBA….the list goes on and on. Importantly, George filed the lawsuit in Broward County in the early 1960’s that led to the integration of the entire county school system. Please join us on May 3 as we celebrate with George and so many others who work tirelessly each day to realize the dream of equality for all.
We know that despite years of efforts to eliminate inequalities, bias persists. This year, let us rededicate ourselves to one of the tenets of our profession---justice and equality for all.
I HAVE A DREAM.