‘All Rise:’ Black Raleigh lawyers stand up for a more equitable justice system

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Black Raleigh lawyers stand up for a more equitable justice system. (Photo: WTVD)

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — The lawyers gathered on the steps of the Wake County Courthouse, Friday evening, were not dressed for court. They came to make a statement: “Black Lawyers Matter.”

With the phrase emblazoned on their black t-shirts, these African-American attorneys at law, stood with their fists raised in the air for a photoshoot amid the nation’s reckoning with racial justice.

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“Personally, the Black Lawyers Matter movement and this photoshoot have two-fold representation to me,” said Evin Grant, president of the Capital City Lawyers Association, which organized the gathering. “First, Black lawyers matter to the communities in which they come from that are often underrepresented, under-respected, and under-served. We are relied upon by members of our community as people they can trust when dealing with legal matters. We are also whom little black boys and little black girls look up to as the protectors of their communities.”

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