Constance Slaughter-Harvey of Forest, Miss., is a graduate of Tougaloo College (1967) and the first African-American woman to receive a law degree from the University of Mississippi Law School.
From her parents, both educators, she learned that independence is important, that race is no barrier and that her contributions to others determine her worth. An encounter with civil rights leader Medgar Evers and his brutal death inspired her efforts to bring civil rights change to Mississippi.
Throughout her career spanning decades of achievement in private practice and public service, she amassed an extensive and impressive list of accomplishments. Among her more than 300 awards are many firsts and highest honors. She has memberships in numerous organizations, including Magnolia Bar Association/Foundation; National Bar Association; American Bar Foundation; Mississippi Bar Foundation; NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Since 2005, Slaughter-Harvey has served as Scott County Youth Court Prosecutor. As founder and president of Slaughter Memorial Foundation, she supervises an after-school program where she spends her free time teaching and mentoring at-risk children.