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Livingstone College to Host Famed Attorney Ben Crump

by The Urban News

Eric Kowalczyk and Bakari Sellers to moderate panel discussion on Equal Justice Now Bail and Police Reform.

SALISBURY, NC – Famed civil rights attorney and recent NAACP Image Award recipient Ben Crump is coming to Livingstone College to host a panel discussion on national bail reform and over policing. The one-day event is the first of its kind to be held in North Carolina and only the third one in the country.

Attorney Crump is also a principle of Equal Justice Now, a nonprofit social welfare organization that advocates against false arrest, unreasonable detention, and wrongful conviction and incarceration. Its mission is to eradicate suppression; to address over-policing, police reform and criminal reform; and to end systemic racism.

The panel discussion will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2023, in Varick Auditorium, located on the campus of Livingstone College at 701 W. Monroe Street, Salisbury, North Carolina. The first 90 minutes will be dedicated to bail reform and the second half to police reform.

Moderators for the event will be Eric Kowalczyk, a veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, crisis communications specialist, author, and minister; and Bakari Sellers, an attorney and former South Carolina state representative and political commentator.

“The chance to bring collaborative dialogue to challenging social issues is the hallmark of Equal Justice Now’s work,” said Tony Smith, co-founder of EJN. “Bail reform and over-policing are two issues that strike at the heart of issues faced by disadvantaged communities. Our hope is these panels will unite people towards a solution that benefits all communities, particularly those represented on the campus of Livingstone College.”

Livingstone President Dr. Anthony J. Davis said he is ecstatic that Ben Crump and Equal Justice Now selected Livingstone College to host this crucial discussion on topics that are threatening our…

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