Vital essays by America's preeminent civil rights attorneys and thinkers, weighing in on some of the most consequential issues in race and the law--collected in honor of critical race theory founder Derrick Bell
Carving Out a Humanity gathers some of our country's brightest progressive legal stars in a volume of essays that illuminates the facets of the law that have continued to perpetuate racial inequality and to confound our nation at the start of a new millennium.
"To what extent does equal protection protect?" asks Ian Haney L pez in a penetrating analysis of the gaps that remain in our civil rights legal codes. President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Sherrilyn Ifill describes the hypersegregation of our cities and the limits of the law's ability to change deep-seated attitudes about race. Patricia Williams explores the legacy of slavery in the law's current constructions of sanity. Anita Allen discusses competing privacy and accountability interests in the lives of African American celebrities. Chuck Lawrence interrogates the judicial backlash against affirmative action. And Michelle Alexander describes what caused her to break ranks with the civil rights community and take up the cause of those our legal system has labeled unworthy.
Originally delivered as Derrick Bell Lectures in a series at NYU School of Law, begun in 1995 and running up through 2019, Carving Out a Humanity offers an unprecedented array of today's most creative and brilliant thinking on race and the law.
Patricia J. Williams
Cheryl L. Harris
Robert A. Williams
Emma Coleman Jordan
Devon W. Carbado
Ian Haney Lopez
William Carter Jr.
Theodore M. Shaw
Kenneth W. Mack
About the Author
Janet Dewart Bell is a social justice activist with a doctorate in leadership and change from Antioch University. She founded the Derrick Bell Lecture on Race in American Society series at the New York University School of Law and is the author of Lighting the Fires of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement. An award-winning television and radio producer, she lives in New York City. Vincent M. Southerland is the executive director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU Law. He lives in New York City.