Section’s John McNeill Smith Jr. Award Honors Henry M. “Mickey” Michaux Jr.

Henry M. “Mickey” Michaux Jr.

The Constitutional Rights & Responsibilities Section was pleased to honor Henry M. “Mickey” Michaux Jr., a titan of the civil rights movement, 43-year veteran of the North Carolina General Assembly, and champion of justice and equality through the law, at the Section’s annual CLE on Feb. 22, 2019.  Eric Doggett presented the Section’s John McNeill Smith Jr. Award to Michaux.  Michaux gave a moving acceptance speech, speaking about the challenges that he and his brother personally faced when entering the legal profession and the progress made by the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina State Bar in the years since then.  You can view Michaux’s remarks here.

Each year, the Section presents the award “to honor a person who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to the ideals embodied in the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of North Carolina.”  The Section found a more-than-worthy recipient in Michaux.