Night of the Notables Intentions
Last year, I realized a lot of people chose well-known notables such as Elon Musk, Hilary Clinton, as well as Marilyn Monroe as their eminent person. Unlike them, I decided to shed some light on those who made great achievements but did not receive enough recognition. As for my eminent person this year, I decided to do Charlotte E. Ray, America’s first African-American female lawyer. As a person wishing to become a lawyer, I wanted to use eminent as an opportunity to gain basic knowledge in relation to law during the research process.
Due to the fact not a lot of people were aware of who Charlotte E. Ray was, I wanted the audience to know three key facts after listening to my speech or visiting my learning centre. First, what kind of a person Charlotte E. Ray was. In terms of explaining who she was, I gave a brief description of her achievements during my speech. I also gave a thorough explanation of her struggles as a minority, how she dealt with the issues, and the outcome of her actions during my learning centre presentation.
Second, the difference between African-American lawyers in the 1870s compared to the early 1900s. Explaining the difference between African-American lawyers back in the 1870s compared to the early 1900s was not an easy task. At first I wanted to show the audience the difference between African-American lawyers in the 1870s as to lawyers in 2017, but I realized that Charlotte E. Ray had past away in 1911. Therefore, there is no way she will know how the world is like in 2017. In order to get my point across to the best of my ability, I explained the life of a female lawyer of colour in the 1800s as part of my speech, and the life of a lawyer of colour in the 1900s during my learning centre presentation. For those who missed my speech or weren’t too familiar with lawyers, I explained both of these stories at my learning centre and asked them about their opinions on racism and lawyers today.
Finally, I wanted people to know why Charlotte E. Ray’s actions have made such a big impact in society today. Back when racism was at its “peak,” a woman of colour had taken big steps to pave a path for other women of colour. A lot of visitors at my learning centre were curious as to why this step she took made her eminent. They asked questions like, ‘was becoming a lawyer an involuntary act or did she know she was going to make a change in the world?’ I told them, Charlotte E. Ray didn’t face much discrimination until she became a lawyer due to the fact she grew up in a fairly privileged family. Of course, she was still considered a minority but compared to other Americans of colour, her family was more on the privileged side. It was when she became a lawyer she decided to take further actions to let her voice be heard. This was also one of the reasons as to why she decided to join the National Association of Coloured Women.
Overall, it was such an incredible experience putting myself in the shoes of Charlotte E. Ray and sharing my knowledge out to the rest of the world.