Speaker for genealogical society meeting to make Black History Month presentation

Feb. 06, 2013 @ 12:37 AM


Irving Joyner, a law professor at the North Carolina Central University School of Law, will speaker at Thursday’s meeting of the Granville County Genealogical Society. This event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the large meeting room of the Richard H. Thornton Library.

In conjunction with Black History Month, Joyner will present a program entitled “ The Intentional Destruction of African-American Schools in Response to Brown vs. Board of Education.” He will specifically focus on the closing of Mary Potter High School and the negative impact it had on African-American students and teachers.

Joyner has a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Long Island University (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and a Juris Doctor degree with honors from Rutgers State University School of Law (Newark, N.J.). He has taught law at NCCU since 1982. He frequently appears in several forms of media (at all levels), commenting on civil rights issues and racial justice.

In addition, he is the vice-chairman of the 1898 Wilmington Race Riot Commission of the North Carolina General Assembly, currently serving a five-year term. He is a member of several professional affiliations, including the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Indigents’ Defense Services Commission and the Board of the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers.

All society meetings are open to the public.