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Anita Hill “Race, Gender, and the Law,” November 14, 2019

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More states are trying to protect black employees who want to wear natural hairstyles at work

Jena McGregor‘s Washington Post article describes incidents of discrimination against African Americans, particularly women, who wear natural hairstyles.  Legislation explicitly banning race-based hair discrimination was signed into law in July, 2019 in California and New York.  New Jersey, Tennessee, Michigan,…

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A Relentless Jailhouse Lawyer Propels a Case to the Supreme Court

With a 10th grade education, Calvin Duncan served his fellow inmates by doing legal research  on their cases at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola for 23 years.  Before being , Duncan won liberation for several inmates and identified the…

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Kicked Off the Land

The New Yorker story of brothers Melvin Davis and Licurtis Reels deprived of their land and imprisoned for eight years for civil contempt is an example of a system that operates to deprive African Americans of their property.  “Between 1910…

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Black People’s Land Was Stolen

Many people associate the idea of reparations with the 250 years of enslavement of kidnapped Africans and their descendants. Andrew W. Kahrl, associate professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Virginia, describes post-emancipation incidents of practices that effectively…

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