By Tamia Boyd
Spartan Echo Editor
Referencing Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is what are you willing to do for others,” Hatchett noted that everyone in the audience is a beneficiary of King’s dream for freedom and equality. By acknowledging King’s words and legacy, his dream is destined to “live on in each of us,” said Hatchett.
“Where are you going to be standing when the new day comes?” was a quote delivered by Hatchett as she questioned her audience’s ability help lift others.
As Hatchett delivered her message, she explained that she faced racial barriers as a child. She ultimately overcame such obstacles by Glenda Hatchett receiving her juris doctor degree from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta. She later became the highest-ranking woman of color worldwide during her 10-year tenure with Delta Air Lines where, as senior attorney, she represented Delta Air Lines in labor/personnel and antitrust litigation and commercial acquisitions.
Well-known television personality Judge Glenda A. Hatchett delivered a speech that left a standing-room audience motivated and encouraged during NSU’s Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
As Delta’s public relations manager, Hatchett supervised global crisis management and handled media relations for 50 U.S. cities as well as all of Europe and Asia. She later became the first black African-American chief presiding judge of a state court in Fulton County, Georgia.
Hatchett is perhaps best know for her presence on the nationally syndicated courtroom series, “Judge Hatchett,” and a new television court series, “The Verdict with Judge Hatchett.”
Hatchett recently announced the formation of the Hatchett Firm – specializing in risk and crisis management, as well as innovative and effective closing and settlement strategies. The firm engages in a national network of attorneys to handle complex civil litigation specializing in catastrophic injuries and mass tort litigation.