NCJFCJ Member, Judge Rickye McKoy-Mitchell, Speaks at Rowan County Martin Luther King Day Breakfast

January 17, 2012

On Monday, January 16, NCJFCJ Member and friend, Mecklenburg County District Court Judge Rickye McKoy-Mitchell, served as the keynote speaker at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast sponsored by Salisbury-Rowan Human Relations Council.

Judge McKoy-Mitchell spoke from the heart reflecting on Dr. King’s “I Had a Dream” speech, recalling his vision of “freedom for everyone.” Judge McKoy-Mitchell related this to the “shameful situation” which is the state of our children and youth, and challenged those in attendance to act on the urgency of the moment, saying “now is the time to fight for the freedom of our youth.”

Judge McKoy-Mitchell recalled Dr. King’s final book, “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” and his analysis of the state of American race relations and the movement after a decade of US civil rights struggles, published in June 1967.  His plan – need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. She closed with the statement, “our youth deserve that we choose community.  What do you choose today because there is no time to waste?”

The NCJFCJ would like to congratulate Judge McKoy-Mitchell on her recent speech and thank her for her constant work toward improving the lives of children served in the judicial system.

*McKoy-Mitchell has been a district court judge in Mecklenburg County since 1998. She has presided in all of the district courts including criminal, civil, domestic violence, child support, domestic and juvenile. She presides primarily in juvenile court, hearing cases involving delinquency and foster care. She previously served as lead model court judge and lead juvenile judge with the Council as well as the lead domestic violence courts judge and is the judicial liaison for several court-related committees and other community-related committees and organizations.