consortium of community organizations in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area will
sponsor a Law Day activity on Wednesday, May 13, designed to allow citizens –
particularly youth – to gain a deeper understanding of the justice system, law
enforcement and human rights.
"Law Day 2015: From Selma to Cedar Rapids,” the event starts at 9 a.m. with
addresses by Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett, Des Moines attorney Alfredo
Parrish and U.S. District Court Chief Judge for the Northern District of Iowa Linda Reade.
Following those presentations, participants will take part in a symbolic march
in downtown Cedar Rapids from the U.S. Federal Courthouse to the Linn County
Courthouse. From there, participants will move to the Veterans Memorial
Building where they will have lunch and listen to three presentations: Selma:
The Bridge to the Ballot; The Edna Griffin Story (State of Iowa v. Katz,
1949); and Race Relations in America.
goals are to empower youth to take an active role in the community; highlight
positive relationships between law enforcement and the community; positively
challenge law enforcement and the judicial system to review practices that may
be counterproductive to community relationships; and highlight the
connection between historical events and present-day law enforcement.
five-hour event is open to anyone who would like to attend. Organizers expect
around 300 students to participate. Those who are 18 years of age will be able
to register to vote while at the Veterans Memorial Building.
a brochure on the law day event here.