General Assembly honors Julian Pierce with resolution

Julian Pierce

PEMBROKE — The late Julian T. Pierce was honored Thursday with a resolution in the House of Representatives of the North Carolina General Assembly.

House Resolution 837 was sponsored by Rep. Charles Graham. Pierce, who was director of Lumbee River Legal Services, was murdered in 1988 during his candidacy for a Superior Court judge seat in Robeson County.

Speaking from the floor, Graham described Pierce as a “legal pioneer” who “worked to promote justice for all.”

“He raised the standard of legal representation in Robeson County,” Graham said. “His death resulted in a judicial system that represents racial fairness today.”

Among those who spoke in favor of the resolution was Rep. Garland Pierce, of Scotland County. Recognized in the audience were Robin Cummings, chancellor-elect of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke; Joshua Malcolm, the university’s general counsel; Kelvin Jacobs, the university’s assistant general counsel; Harvey Godwin, leader of the Julian T. Pierce Initiative; Dale Deese, director of Lumbee River Legal Services; and Greg Richardson, director of the North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs.

The vote was unanimous

Pierce’s memory is honored with an annual fundraiser at the university. The Julian T. Pierce Art Auction will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, inside the University Center Annex.

The event pays for memorial scholarships at the university, Robeson Community College and North Carolina Central University School of Law, where Pierce received a law degree.