Civil Rights Attorney Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Esq. spoke at LSU on Friday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. in the African American Culture Center Multipurpose Room. Slaughter-Harvey is passionate about social justice issues and spoke to LSU about her “appetite for freedom, justice, equality and equal protection.”
Slaughter-Harvey focused greatly on discussing today’s education system. She deeply values education, as she is the first African-American female to receive a law degree from the University of Mississippi. In fact, Slaughter-Harvey said, “Education is the key to survival.” Consequently, Slaughter-Harvey expressed great disappointment that education is not a priority in Louisiana. She believes today’s education system needs to be studied and revamped in a way that will not only educate youth but also empower them.
In her speech, Slaughter-Harvey made reference to Brown v. Board of Education 347 U.S. 483 (1954). She recognized Brown as one of her many role models who had an appetite similar to hers and who made the necessary sacrifices and steps to satisfy his appetite. However, Slaughter-Harvey is not convinced that the education system is up to par and refers to the system as an appetite that needs to be revised.
Slaughter-Harvey told LSU that everyone deserves to be in charge of his or her own destiny. She said, “If you’re hungry for freedom and you taste it, march on, forge on and don’t rest until you get it. Be vigilant.” Slaughter-Harvey closed her speech by challenging the audience to pause and reflect on their personal appetites for freedom, justice, equality and equal protection and to ask themselves if they are fully satisfied.
JoLena Ann Broussard is an LSU Honors College sophomore majoring in mass communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in business administration.