Derrick Bell Dies at 80

The first “black”  tenured law professor at Harvard, Bell was a relentless foe of racism and a staunch advocate of the cause of human rights worldwide.

“In 1992, he told The New York Times that black Americans were more subjugated than at any time since slavery. And he wrote that in light of the often violent struggle that resulted from the Supreme Court’s 1954 desegregation decision, Brown v. Board of Education, things might have worked out better if the court had instead ordered that both races be provided with truly equivalent schools.”

See the entire NYT obituary here: Derrick Bell, Pioneering Harvard Law Professor, Dies at 80.

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