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Judge and reality show star Tyyawdi Hands to speak at MLK event

by Jaclyn Deal, student writer
Judge Tyyawdi Hands, dressed in her judicial robe, is flanked by U.S. and N.C. flags.

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. 

Precious Pauling

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