“Today’s celebration isn’t all about Dr. King, its also about you,” Chief Administrative Law Judge Tracy L. Henry said as she spoke to students, faculty, and staff on Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus, reminding them that self-reflection is imperative, just as it was for Doctor King.
The event – which was originally scheduled for January 21st but was rescheduled due to inclement weather – honored the Martin Luther King holiday.
Henry opened her remarks by relaying a brief personal encounter with Dr. King when she was a child. She focused in particular on the question, “Who are you?” That single question had a profound impact on her and ultimately inspired her career path.
She spoke about who Dr. King was, noting that he was someone who fought for justice and who was capable of rallying people from all walks of life. Acknowledging the role that King’s struggle played in inspiring and empowering her parents, Judge Henry noted that the sacrifices of those who came before allowed her to pursue the education that has given her the tools to serve others in the community.
“I am grateful for the sacrifices of others – the opportunities they afforded me, for the freedom I now have to pursue my dreams. I am steadfast in my sense of fairness, due process, equal protection for all, whether I am advocating in the courtroom, a policy maker in the boardroom, or pulling the lever as I exercise my civic duty to vote,” Henry said.
Observing that discriminatory practices against one class of people result in everyone losing, she challenged the audience, “Remain true to your calling. We still have work to do in our city, in our states, in our nation, and in our world.”
Tracy L. Henry serves as the Director of the Bureau of Hearings and Appeals for the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. She also serves as president of Dauphin County’s Keystone Bar Association, formerly known as the Harrisburg Black Attorneys Association. She is a 1994 graduate of Widener Law’s Delaware campus.