North Carolina District Judge Tyyawdi Hands will be the featured speaker at Wingate University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 16. “Dream, Believe, Do” is the event theme.
A Las Vegas native, Hands was appointed to the court bench in 2009 by former Gov. Beverly Perdue and has been elected for two more four-year terms. Additionally, Hands serves as Mecklenburg County’s lead domestic-violence judge and oversees family, juvenile, criminal and civil courts.
In addition to her judicial role, Hands has starred in “To Have & To Hold: Charlotte,” an Oprah Winfrey Network reality show that debuted in June to give viewers a peek inside the lives of five high-powered African-American couples in the Queen City. Hands is married to attorney David W. Hands and has two sons, ages 9 and 7.
Along with Judge Hands, attendees at the MLK event will hear from Precious Pauling, a fellow Charlottean who bills herself as a “prophetic poet, soul coach, author, and playwright.” Music for the celebration will be performed by Wingate University’s United in One Gospel Choir, a registered student organization, and members of the Elizabeth Baptist Church Youth Praise Team.
The event will commemorate civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and honor recipients of the MLK award. The award, new at Wingate this year, will be given to a faculty member, a staff member and a student who each display King’s values and carry on his legacy.
Admission is free. The event will begin at 6 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the McGee Theatre, located inside Wingate University’s Batte Center at 403 N. Camden Road.
Jan. 3, 2020