2022-2023 James A. Thomas Lecture

Oct. 24, 2022
4:30PM - 6:00PM
SLB Room 120
Open to the Yale Community

From Protest to Law: Triumphs and Defeats in Struggles for Racial Justice, 1950-1970

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, Prof. Kennedy writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications. His other books are; For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action and the law (2013), The Persistence of Color Lines: 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 the Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Association, Prof. Kennedy is also a Trustee Emeritus of Princeton University.