North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley will be the keynote speaker for Western Carolina University’s Black Heritage Expo to be held Monday, Feb. 10, through Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Beasley’s address, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. She also will participate in an event only for students while on campus.
In 2008, Beasley became the first black woman to win election to statewide office in North Carolina without the benefit of incumbency or appointment by the governor when she was elected as associate judge on the N.C. Court of Appeals. In 2012, she was appointed an associate justice to the N.C. Supreme Court.
WCU’s Black Heritage Expo also will include a walk-through exhibit in the Grandroom displaying African-American artifacts and information.