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“On the Value of Bipartisanship”

with Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. and former Governor Pat McCrory


February 8, 2023



Our speakers, who hold opposing views on many political issues, have come together out of a shared concern of the dangers posed by partisanship in U.S. politics. This evening they will talk a bit about the risks of partisanship and the value of bipartisanship. 

Light refreshments and conversation will be held before the talk, which begins promptly at 6:00pm! This event counts as a CLE requirement for students, and it is free and open to the public.

Reverend Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. is an entrepreneur, global business leader, educator, chemist, civil rights leader, NAACP Life Member, syndicated columnist, theologian, and author is currently the President and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA): The Black Press of America. Dr. Chavis serves on the Board of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO).

Lifelong activist Dr. Chavis overcame racial injustice and wrongful imprisonment to become a vocal leader in the civil rights movement, which pressed for equality between the races. Dr. Chavis is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.  Dr. Chavis began his career in 1963, as a statewide youth coordinator in NC for the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).

He is the National Co-Chair for No Labels.

Learn more HERE.


Former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is a principled and pragmatic leader who has emerged as one of the most prominent voices in America calling for a return to common sense in American politics. He first gained national prominence as the seven-term mayor of Charlotte, where he helped build a once-sleepy southern town into a thriving metropolitan city.

Later, as governor of North Carolina, Pat led efforts to reform the state’s tax code and invest in its transportation infrastructure, while also paying off state debt, raising teacher pay and overseeing a successful bond referendum to support universities, parks, and the National Guard. More than 300,000 new private sector jobs came to North Carolina during his tenure. He also gained national accolades for his strong and compassionate governance in handling some of the worst flooding in the state’s history during Hurricane Matthew.

Learn more HERE.

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