Faulkner Law Student to Lead Pledge of Allegiance at Commemoration of the Montgomery Bus Boycott
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Faulkner University law student Porcha Anthony will lead the Pledge of Allegiance at 11 a.m. Dec. 1 at an event commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to headline the event. The event will be held at the historic Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church.
Anthony, a Mobile, Ala. native, is a third year law student at Faulkner’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. She is also the President of Faulkner Law’s chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA).
“Porcha is that rare combination of scholar and servant leader,” said Faulkner Law Dean Charles Nelson. “She has been a great leader of our BLSA organization.”
Organizers hope the event will inform attendees about the vital role attorneys played in facilitating the Montgomery Bus Boycott as well as the civil rights movement.
In addition to Clinton, other speakers include Alabama attorney Fred Gray, Sr., who represented civil rights heroine Rosa Parks and Montgomery Bus Boycott protesters; Paulette Brown, head of the American Bar Association; Benjamin Crump, president of the National Bar Association; Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, president of Tennessee State University; U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham; and the Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Gray, has a long history with Faulkner University as an emeritus trustee of the School and as the namesake of Faulkner Law’s annual civil rights symposium. This year’s Fred Gray Civil Rights Symposium explored the role that Lawyers played in the civil rights movement.
Faulkner University is a private, Christian liberal arts university based in Montgomery, Alabama. With a mission to provide an education anchored by not only intellect but also character and service, the Faulkner experience aims to educate the whole person. Serving both traditional and non-traditional students, the university is home to five colleges: the Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences, the Harris College of Business and Executive Education, the V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies, the College of Education and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. In addition to its main campus in Montgomery, Faulkner operates extension campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile, along with several online degree programs.