Gammons: ‘Let the light in each of us shine bright this season’

The Keith J. Williams Black Student Law Association (KJWBLSA) hosted the 17th annual Angel Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday afternoon at Charleston School of Law. The annual holiday program benefits students from Sanders-Clyde Elementary School.

Here’s how it works:

Faculty and students are invited to visit the Angel Tree and select an “angel” from the tree. Each “angel” includes a child’s name and his/her Christmas wish List. The children are between the ages of four and 11 years old. Students can place wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree.

“Let us begin this season of giving with the lighting of the Angel Tree,” said Charleston Law professor Debra Gammons. “Let us continue the community work and caring and let us remember that as the lights shine on this Angel Tree, let the light in each of us shine bright this Christmas season.”

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Keith J. Williams, a Charleston Law student who passed away in 2018, supported the annual gift-giving celebration. As a student, Williams would attend elementary school and watch the students open their gifts.  “Mr. Williams was just as excited as the little children,” remembers Gammons. “His eyes would glow seeing the happiness on the faces of these children.”

The Charleston Law chapter of BLSA is an affiliate of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), the largest student-run organization in the United States, representing more than 6,000 Black law students.

Gammons said the Black Law Students Association “reflects the law school mission:  Pro Bono Populi – For the good of the people. They help schools. They volunteer in the community. They have made this motto their mission.”