The School of Law presents its sixth lecture in this series, which honors the memory of Thurgood Marshall — a key architect of the legal strategy that convinced the Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional the doctrine of “separate but equal,” which had allowed racial segregation in public education and many other aspects of American life. Marshall later served with distinction and as a protector of civil rights as Solicitor General of the United States and later as the first African-American Justice on the United States Supreme Court.
Randall Kennedy is Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. He was born in Columbia, South Carolina. For his education he attended St. Albans School, Princeton University, Oxford University, and Yale Law School. He served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States. Awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law, Mr. Kennedy writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications. His most recent books are "For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law" (2013), "The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency" (2011), "Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal" (2008), "Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption" (2003), and "Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word" (2002). A member of the American Law Institute, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, Mr. Kennedy is also a Charter Trustee of Princeton University. Complimentary Registration.
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