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WFU School of Law dean to lecture about essay, sign books

Wake Forest University School of Law Dean Blake Morant is a contributor to a new book, “Law Touched Our Hearts: A Generation Remembers Brown v. Board of Education.”

The book, published by Vanderbilt University Press and released this month, features essays from 40 law professors, black and white, who wrote personal accounts of their childhood experiences in school and in their communities in the early days of school integration following the Brown decision.

Morant will talk about his essay and sign copies of the book on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Allen Mandelbaum Reading Room of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library on Wake Forest’s Reynolda Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.

Morant writes about growing up in Hampton, Va., in the mid-1960s, which commenced the integration of public schools. “I described my mother’s decision to send me to a predominantly white junior high school, the relationships that occurred during that pivotal time, the zoning that prompted integration of the high schools, and the indelible impact the entire period had on my life,” said Morant, who became dean in July 2007.

“The theme of my essay is the positives that come from the blending of cultures and experiences, and how the government can stimulate exchanges among different cultures.”