Earl B. Dickerson Centennial Conference

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1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Open to the public

The Dickerson Centennial celebrates an historic milestone for our institution: the 100th anniversary of the graduation of one of our most distinguished alumni, Earl B. Dickerson. Last October, our first conference brought together legal scholars and historians. Our second conference brings together artists, activists, community leaders, and lawyers to celebrate Dickerson and his continuing legacy today. We will hold the second conference online via Zoom on the afternoon of Friday, April 16, 2021. As previously scheduled, this conference will include introductory remarks by Mayor Lori Lightfoot; reflections on the life of Earl Dickerson by those who knew him; a panel of activists, academics, and practitioners discussing Dickerson’s legacy on issues of fair housing; and a stage reading of scenes from A Raisin in the Sun by Court Theater performers. The event will conclude with an audience Q&A. We look forward to your participation in this celebration of Dickerson’s life, work, and legacy.

The Dickerson Centennial celebrates an historic milestone for our institution: the 100th anniversary of the graduation of one of our most distinguished alumni, Earl B. Dickerson.

Dickerson, born in Mississippi in 1891, graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1920, the first African American to earn a juris doctor from our institution. His distinguished career included serving as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army in WWI, an alderman of Chicago, president of the Supreme Life Insurance Company, a member of the national board of the NAACP, and president of the National Lawyers Guild. He also orchestrated and argued the landmark Supreme Court case, Hansberry v. Lee (1940), which brought an end to the use of a racially restrictive covenant in Chicago.

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Dickerson Centennial Conference Part II: Community Celebration

  • Friday, April 16, 2021
    • Welcome and Introduction
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      • Thomas J. Miles, Dean and Clifton R. Musser Professor of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Law School

        The Honorable Lori E. Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago

        William H. J. Hubbard, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

    • Remembering Earl B. Dickerson Panel
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      • Moderator: Valerie B. Jarrett, Distinguished Senior Fellow, UChicago Law School

        Timuel Black, Social worker, historian, and co-author of Sacred Ground: The Chicago Streets of Timuel Black

        Barbara T. Bowman, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development, Co-Founder, Erikson Institute 

        Stephen (Steve) Brown, Director, Brand Strategy, American Medical Association and Grandson of Earl B. Dickerson

        Steven Saltzman, Law Offices of Steven Saltzman, National Lawyers Guild Chicago 

    • Zoom Break
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    • Artistic Presentations
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      • Moderator: Richard McAdams, Bernard D. Meltzer Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

        Reading of Harlem, by Langston Hughes

        Ron OJ Parson, Director & Resident Artist, Court Theatre 

        Readings from A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry

        Felicia P. Fields as Lena Younger

        Caren Blackmore as Ruth Younger

        Jerod Haynes as Walter Lee Younger

        Qiana Moore-Nightengale as Beneatha Younger

        Thom Cox as Karl Lindner

        Ron OJ ParsonDirector 

        Cara Parrish, Stage Manager

    • Zoom Break
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    • Fair Housing Panel
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      • Moderator: Lee Fennell, Max Pam Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

        Lolly Bowean, Program Officer, Field Foundation

        Kate Walz, Senior Attorney, National Housing Law Project

        Lawrence (Larry) Wood, Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School; Supervising Attorney, Legal Action Chicago

    • Community Remembrances and Discussion
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      • Attendees and panelists engage in a discussion.

        Moderator: Sharon Fairley, Professor from Practice, University of Chicago Law School

    • Special Announcement and Closing Remarks
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      • Thomas J. Miles, Dean and Clifton R. Musser Professor of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Law School

        William H. J. Hubbard, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

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