'Black Tie Gala'


Above: WMU-Cooley Lansing President James McGrath, center with his daughter Kinsey, with members of the BLSA Executive Board. (l-r) Sierra Johnson, treasurer; Morgan Barker, secretary; Eric Bell Jr., president; McGrath and daughter Kinsey; Marquita Daniel, event chairwomen; Chanelle Williams, historian; and Maya Smith, mentor/mentee chairwoman

Photos courtesy of WMU-Cooley Law School

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Black Law Students Association (BLSA) hosted “A Royal Affair” – the 23rd annual Charles Hamilton Houston “Black Tie Gala” on Nov. 2 at the Lansing Center in Lansing.
BLSA hosts the event each fall to acknowledge the great achievements of Houston in the fight against racial injustice, as well as provide students with the opportunity to network with judges, attorneys, and other community leaders from the Greater Lansing area. This year’s award winners included Professor Jeanette Buttrey, Above and Beyond Award for outstanding service and dedication to the student body; WMU-Cooley student Morgan Barker, Academic Excellence; WMU-Cooley student Aminata Kamara, the Marcus Garvey Book Scholarship. Keynote speakers included BLSA-Lansing founder, the Hon. Hugh B. Clarke Jr.; Hon. Wanda M. Stokes; and Takura Nyamfukudza, attorney, Chartier & Nyamfukudza, who was presented the Guest of Honor Award.


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