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This Morning at Harvard Law School We Woke Up to a Hate Crime

BY MICHELE HALL This morning at Harvard Law School we woke up to a hate crime. The hallways of Harvard Law School are lined with portraits of every tenured professor in the history of the university. As a first-year law student, the first time that I walked down those hallways I was painfully aware of…

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A Relative Discovery: Why the Harvard Kennedy School Must Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day

BY DELORIS WILSON AND CHRISTINA FLETES In telling your friends you’ve “discovered” a new restaurant, you imply to have found something you like; something your social circle is not yet “hip” to; something that should be on everyone’s radar but – because of your keen Googling skills or happenstance stroll down Massachusetts Avenue — has…

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Our Account: A Ferguson Photo Journal

Commentary/Photos by Derecka Purnell Photos by Mary Glen Fredrick Derecka Purnell is a first-year student at Harvard Law School and political organizer from St. Louis, Missouri. She studied Black studies and political science at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is committed to solving issues in the criminal justice and education systems, and her experiences…

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Learning from Ferguson: Using Body Cameras and Participatory Governance to Improve Policing

By Lucas Turner-Owens and Casey McQuillan Lucas Turner-Owens is a public policy analyst at Operation HOPE’s Government Relations and Public Policy Department. He is a 2012 graduate of Wesleyan University, where he majored in sociology and African American studies. Casey McQuillan is an undergraduate economics and mathematics major at Amherst College.   Abstract The shooting…

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Race, Place and Police: The 2009 Shooting of Oscar Grant

By Katherine Blaisdell, Eliot Glenn, Christine Kidd, William Powers, and Rebecca Yang Katherine Blaisdell is a dual degree student at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and Harvard Divinity School. Prior to graduate school, she worked in civil rights law for the US Department of Justice. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri,…

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Interview with Justin Simien, Director of Dear White People

By Kalisha Holmes, Senior Editor, Harvard Journal of African American Policy  Justin Simien, one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch, is the writer/director of the critically acclaimed film Dear White People, which won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent at Sundance 2014. In addition to producing and directing online companion pieces for The Help,…

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Trapped in a Reflection (The Color of Sky)

By Brandon Moore What color do you see; when you look at me? Do you see BLACK Instead of my brown skin The color of wickedness? The color of sin? Am I the color of menace; A shadow in death’s valley? The color of stalking you down a long dark alley? Or maybe you see…

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