Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus will hold its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Thursday, January 20th.
At noon, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to come to the Pit for pizza and a discussion. After a videotaped welcome from Dean Linda Ammons
, Dean of Students Keith Sealing
will introduce a special guest speaker, Calobe Jackson, a noted local African American historian. Mr. Jackson will speak about African American lawyer Stewart Davis, who was born in Harrisburg in 1890. Mr. Davis graduated from the Dickinson School of Law in 1914, and was their first Valedictorian of color. He practiced law, served in World War One, and was a civil rights leader. However, Jackson disappeared without a trace in 1929.
Born in Harrisburg, Calobe Jackson graduated from William Penn High School and Penn State University. During the Korean War, he served in the 94th Engineer Battalion. After returning to Harrisburg, Mr. Jackson served three terms on the Harrisburg School Board and was later appointed Chair of the District’s Board of Control by Mayor Stephen Reed. In addition to legal and political topics in African American history, Mr. Jackson is a frequent lecturer on Negro League Baseball.
Following Mr. Jackson’s talk, students and faculty will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on Martin Luther King Jr. via an open microphone. In addition, all of the television monitors across campus will feature quotations from Dr. King’s writings and speeches throughout the day on Thursday.