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MHU Presents Constitution Day Events
Mars Hill University will present two events in honor of Constitution Day on Tuesday, September 17.
Since 2007, attorney Frank Goldsmith has been representing detainees at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, in federal court challenges to their detention. At noon on September 17, he will speak at Broyhill Chapel about the challenges these detentions present to the Constitution, international law and U.S. allies.
Goldsmith is a trial lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator whose office is in Marion. He has litigated successfully at all levels of the state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court, and has represented several inmates on North Carolina’s death row. He has also taught as an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Duke University and has also lectured and written on civil rights law and other subjects at legal education programs for lawyers.
Goldsmith is a former president of the ACLU of North Carolina and for twelve years also served as chair of its Legal Committee.
At 6:30 pm on the same day, playwright and actress Barbara Bates Smith will perform her musical play "Go, Granny D!" The performance is based on the story of Doris "Granny D" Haddock who, at the age of 90, walked from Los Angeles to New York City in promotion of voting rights.
Accompaniment for the play will be provided by musician Jeff Sebens.
The subject of the play, Doris Haddock, is the grandmother of Mars Hill University student, McKay Sharpe. In 2000, Haddock blazed a 3200-mile trail across America for election reform, precipitating the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002. She continued her bipartisan reform efforts in countrywide voter registration drives, issuing her final challenge in 2010 at age 100: "Democracy is a running game. You huddle and you go back in. You keep going."
Barbara Bates Smith, noted for her Off-Broadway adaptation and performance of “Ivy Rowe” from Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies, has toured for twenty years with the works of Lee Smith—and more recently with those of Ron Rash and Allan Gurganus, as well, in her current “Civil War Cameos.” For a decade, musical accompanist Jeff Sebens has accompanied Smith’s shows with a variety of hammered dulcimer, lap dulcimer, guitar, and banjo music.
A post-show discussion will feature former NC Representative Ray Rapp, and NC NAACP Field Secretary Laurel Ashton, whose work focuses on youth and colleges. More information is on Smith’s website.