Chair’s Message

2020-2021 Chair Hon. Cenceria P. Edwards

“Leading Forward 50 Years of Judicial Service – Changing the Judiciary! 

Commemorating Our Legacy!”

February marks the recognition and celebration of African Americans’ significant contributions to our great nation. The Judicial Council congratulates and salutes all African Americans for their excellent and brilliant contributions to mankind!


We honor our national leaders who transitioned during 2020-2021 and recognize their sacrifices for making our world better and brighter: Congressman John Lewis for staying in good trouble throughout his life; Madam Cicely Tyson for her excellence in the arts with leading roles that will touch our hearts forever; Kobe Bryant for his record-breaking disciplined basketball career; Chadwick Boseman, for “Wakanda Forever” and for his other meaningful and intentional roles accomplished while silently battling cancer; Andre Harrell for producing great artists who keep us singing and dancing; Ms. Katherine Johnson our phenomenal mathematician, our historic civil rights leader Rev. C.T. Vivian; Little Richard for breaking barriers and setting trends/style in the entertainment world; and Earl Graves, Sr. for his excellency in business, “Black Enterprise”.


In 2021, we salute, Vice President Kamala Harris for her brilliance in the law and for serving our nation as the first female Vice President. Also, we salute today’s incomparable civil rights leaders: Ben Crump and Lonita Baker, thank you for raising the names and upholding the lives of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, AJ Crooms, and Sincere Pierce; ACLU president Deborah Archer, the first Black president in its 101-year history!



In Service,

Hon. Cenceria P. Edwards

50th Chair of the Judicial Council Division of the National Bar Association