Gloria Browne-Marshall Selected for Lecture Series on Race

Posted: August 19, 2009 by bigced in Hip Hop News/Press Releases
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By special request, Gloria J. Browne-Marshall will reprise her lecture series on race and the law. “Although this series on race was planned before the Henry Gates incident,” says Browne-Marshall, “it reminds us that issues of racial profiling and discrimination are part of America’s past and present.”

Prof. Henry Gates, African-American, was arrested in his home by a White Cambridge officer amid claims of racial profiling. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is the author of the best-selling book Race, Law, and American Society: 1607 to Present (Routledge). With a foreword by Derrick Bell, the book examines Race and Criminal Justice, Voting Rights, Property Rights, Civil Liberties, the Military, Internationalism, and Education. The Criminal Justice chapter contains cases and comments on racial profiling. Cornel West said Race, Law, and American Society “is a gem.” The 2009 recipient of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award for her work with racial justice and women’s equality, Browne-Marshall is an award-winning playwright as well as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Although this series on race was planned before the Henry Gates incident it reminds us that issues of racial profiling and discrimination are part of America’s past and present. “Few people know the pivotal role that law played in enforcing slavery and segregation, fighting racism, or the present-day effects of past laws,” says Browne-Marshall. The Browne-Marshall Lecture Series on Race will address three major topics: “Race, Law, and Criminal Injustice”, “The Obama Factor: Race, Law, and Voting Rights” as well as “Race, Law and Public Education.” This marks the second year for her lecture series. She was selected due to her expertise on the issues of U.S. Constitutional Law as well as Race and the Law.

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) where she teaches Constitutional Law, Race and the Law, and Evidence. She is a former Civil Rights attorney who litigated cases on behalf of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc.. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is the Founder/Director of The Law and Policy Group, Inc., a “think tank for the community” which analyzes issues affecting children, women, and people of color and publishes the national Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls®. For more, go to:

Browne-Marshall has addressed audiences locally, nationally, and internationally on issues of racial/ethnic justice and gender equality. She is a member of several bar associations, professional and community organizations. Her upcoming speaking engagements include: Brooklyn Book Festival, September 13th in NYC; Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem, September 17th (Constitution Day) in NYC; the Congressional Black Caucus Conference, September 26th, in Washington, D.C.; and the Schomburg Center, October 6th, in Harlem. For future availability, go to:


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