BLSA hosts 27th annual scholarship banquet on Friday, Feb. 24

The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will host its 27th annual scholarship banquet on Friday, Feb. 24, in the Benson Center, Room 401. BLSA holds the event to raise scholarship funds to be donated to a BLSA member from each class.

The theme of this year’s banquet is “Civil Rights in the Obama Era: The Road to a Post Racial Society” and it will feature keynote speaker Dennis Parker. Parker has a long history of involvement in civil rights issues throughout his career. He is the current director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Racial Justice Project, and the former chief of the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney. Parker spent 14 years litigating cases involving affirmative action and equal opportunity in elementary, secondary and higher education at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. 

The banquet will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., which will be followed by dinner at 7.

The cost of a ticket to the event is $35, which are available only in advance. Contributions can be made to the fund in the form of either advertisement purchases, which will be featured in the program booklet, or through direct donations. Contact Aishe Forte at to make a donation or for more information.