Wake Forest hosts panel discussion featuring Darryl Hunt

By Pam Barrett
February 20, 2006

Wake Forest University will host a panel discussion titled "Injustice in the Justice System" featuring Darryl Hunt, the Winston-Salem native wrongfully convicted of the rape and murder of Deborah Sykes. Portions of the new HBO documentary about the Hunt case, "The Trials of Darryl Hunt," will also be shown. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall Room 111.

The event is sponsored by a coalition of Wake Forest groups including Akoni, the Fellowship of Black Theologians and the Center for Urban Ministry at the Divinity School, the religion department and Visionaries of Integration Creating Equality (V.O.I.C.E.), a Wake Forest undergraduate group focused on raising awareness of inequality.

The discussion will focus on the Hunt case and racism within the criminal justice system. Organizers hope the event will provide an opportunity for members of the Winston-Salem community to have open discourse about the case and help promote racial healing within the community.

Panel members will include Hunt, executive director of the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice; Mark Rabil, Hunt's defense attorney and currently assistant capital defender at the North Carolina Capital Defender Office; the Rev. Dr. Carlton Eversley, public information officer of the Darryl Hunt Defense Committee (DHDC) and pastor of Dellabrook Presbyterian Church; and the Rev. Dr. John Mendez, president of the DHDC and pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

For more information about the event, call 336-758-5458.