Gene Nichol, a law professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, is scheduled to be the guest speaker for the Anson County Democratic Party’s 9th Annual Blue and White Gala on Sept. 30.
Nichol is Boyd Tinsley distinguished professor at the University of North Carolina. He was director of the UNC Poverty Center (2008-2015) until it was closed by the UNC Board of Governors.
Since 2015, his research has been supported by the N.C. Poverty Research Fund. Nichol was president of the College of William & Mary (2005-2008), law dean at the University of Colorado (1988-1995), and dean at UNC from 1999-2005.
He is also a published writer, with articles appearing in law reviews at Harvard, Yale and Duke, among others; was an op-ed columnist for the Raleigh News & Observer; and has published two books, including “Seeing the Invisible: Putting a Face on Poverty in North Carolina.
Nichol has been honored with several accolades, including: UNC’s Thomas Jefferson Award; the Courage to do Justice Award from the National Employment Lawyers Association; and the Faith in Public Life Award from the N.C. Council of Churches. He was also inducted into the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest civilian honor.
In May 2017, Nichol was guest speaker at the 9th District Democratic convention held in Richmond County.
The theme for the banquet is “Tomorrow’s Victories Begins with Me,” which organizers say emphasizes the Democratic Party “has the power to achieve victories in the upcoming elections through voting.” The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Lockhart-Taylor Center in Wadesboro.
All concerned residents are welcome. For more information, contact Vancine Sturdivant at 704-848-4412 or Priscilla Little at 704-695-7770.