Throughout the course of this past year’s reckoning over racial injustice, there’s been a push to understand our past more fully as we attempt to build a better future. But this reexamination of our nation’s complicated history didn’t just start in 2020. It’s been going on for years. Roughly a decade ago, Civil Rights Attorney and John Jay College of Criminal Justice Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall started work on what would become “She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power — 1619 to 1969.” The book reveals the courage Black women have demonstrated in the face of overwhelming racial prejudice and gender oppression. It also illustrates how they became leaders, organizers, lawyers, and judges in the fight for equality. Professor Browne-Marshall joins us to explore the stories of these true American heroes.
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