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Geographies of Color : Education, Inequality, and Black Leadership in the Twenty - First Century
Kimberle Crenshaw Discusess Legal Impact of Brown v. Board of Education
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Kimberle W. Crenshaw

Kimberle W. Crenshaw, professor of law at the University of Los Angeles and Columbia University in New York, discussed three major court cases that have affected racial equity in the United States.

Crenshaw began her lecture by analyzing the controversial Plessy V.Ferguson trial in 1890 which established the "separate but equal" policy for blacks and whites.

Moving to twentieth century court cases, Crenshaw focused on the 1954 verdict of Brown V. Board of Education. Crenshaw argued that the
Brown decision was meant to abolish the "separate" emphasis of the Plessy trial while maintaining its "equal" intent. That intent, Crenshaw said, was evidenced by adding to the ruling the concept of integration.

Crenshaw concluded her lecture by examining the recent affirmative action lawsuit at Michigan State University. She viewed the Michigan lawsuit as an example of the ways in which the Brown decision supported the idea of racial integration but failed to implement an end to segregation.

The lecture was part of the series "Geographies of Color: Education, Inequality, and Black Leadership in the Twentieth-First Century," sponsored by Mount Holyoke College's Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts. Entitled "From Integration to Affirmative Action: The Contested Status of Brown in the Campaign to End White
Supremacy," Crenshaw's lecture was presented March 4, 2004 in front of a large audience.


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