Race, Law, and American Society: 1607 to Present

by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall (with foreword by Derrick Bell) published by Routledge.

Attorney and Professor Browne-Marshall has compiled an impressive array of historical and legal materials detailing the persistent legally sanctioned terrorism perpetrated by the majority culture against African Americans. In eight thematic chapters, the author chronicles the well-known denial of equal protection of the law in educational opportunity and voting rights and the less well-publicized areas of race and US foreign policy. Relying largely on court decisions, legal records, and law codes, Browne-Marshall recounts numerous instances, including 21st-century decisions by the US Supreme Court, that perpetuate the subordination of African Americans through the criminal justice system and diversity programs that permit affirmative action only when it benefits white students. Given the contemporary focus on external terrorism and a reemerging legal formalism in dealing with the intersection of race, law, and social class, this book, useful to scholars and schoolteachers, is a welcome reminder of the centrality of racism to US history, especially as it impacts discussions of policy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. —E. R. Crowther, Adams State College

Acclaim for "Race, Law, and American Society"

"I hope educators at every level are attracted to this book as a teaching tool."
Derrick Bell, visiting professor of constitutional law, New York University

“Gloria Browne-Marshall's Race, Law, and American Society builds on the great vision of the late great Barbara Jordan: How will America become as great as its promise? Black courageous citizens have been at the forefront of this movement. This book is a gem.”
Cornel West, Class of 1943 University Professor of Religion, Princeton University

"Brilliantly researched, Gloria Browne-Marshall's history of Race, Law, and American Society is bold and challenging; dramatic, comprehensive, and galvanizing. Everyone concerned about justice and dignity, civility, the law and human survival will want to read, and assign this book."
Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt

"Gloria Browne-Marshall shows African Americans working to make ‘liberty and justice’ more than rhetoric—by pressing judges to expand freedom’s scope from that for white men to the majority. All Americans owe Black Americans much for making the United States ever more democratic and justice-oriented."
Joe R. Feagin, Ella C. McFadden Professor of Liberal Arts, Texas A & M University

"Race, Law, and American Society shows that progress doesn't 'just happen.' It takes the courage of men and women. Gloria Browne-Marshall brings them to life and shows how far we've come, how difficult it's been, and how the legal system has been key to four centuries of social justice and injustice."
Peter Moskos, author of Cop in the Hood and Professor of Law and Police Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

About the Author

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is the author of Race, Law, and American Society: 1607 to Present. She is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice who litigated Civil Rights and Public Law cases for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Community Legal Services, and Southern Poverty Law Center, prior to academe. She is the recipient of the 2009 Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award. She is also the author of The Constitution: Major Cases and Conflicts and The U.S. Constitution: An An African-American Context. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is the Director and Founder of The Law and Policy Group, Inc., a not-for-profit "think-tank" for the community and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. lawandpolicygroup.org/

Speaking Engagements: Gloria J. Browne-Marshall speaks to diverse audiences, nationally and internationally. She has addressed audiences at New York University, Marist College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Vassar College, Kean University, University of Arkansas - School of Law, Hunter College, Medgar Evers College and high schools as well as Book Fairs, community audiences, women's organizations, church congregations, professional conferences, civic associations, television and radio. For for more information, contact: info@lawandpolicygroup.org or 212-946-6339.

Writing under Gloria J. Browne, she is a noted playwright of seven produced plays, including My Juilliard (3 characters) which explores the effect of Alzheimer's disease on three generations of female artists revealing a talented but bitter matriarch's devastating secret. Killing Me Softly, a murder mystery set in a Black law office, explores class and female on female jealousy with humor and political intrigue (7 characters). She has written 4 one-act plays. Her current playwrighting projects explore the issue of race in the workplace. For more information on theater projects, see: Browne-Marshall, Gloria J.

Biography of Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is the author of the book Race, Law, and American Society: 1607 to Present (Routledge) as well as The Constitution: Major Cases and Conflicts (Pearson) and The U.S. Constitution: An African-American Context (Law and Policy Group Press). She is the recipient of the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award. Professor Browne-Marshall was selected to report on President Barack Obama's receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Her articles on the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony appeared in newspapers around the country.

She is an award-winning playwright writing under the name Gloria J. Browne. Her plays have been produced in New York City, Brooklyn, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee. Her plays include My Juilliard, Jeanine, Waverly Place, and Killing Me Softly. Her plays explore race, class, and the consequence of life changing choices. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild, Mystery Writers of America, National Association of Black Journalists, and PEN American Center.

Ms. Browne-Marshall is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) and the Graduate Center where she teaches Constitutional Law, Race and the Law, and Evidence and is a member of the Gender Studies faculty. She has published articles on racial justice in the field of education as well as book chapters on international criminal tribunals and the rights of female inmates living with HIV/AIDS. She is a Civil Rights attorney who has litigated cases on behalf of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc.. She is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc..

Browne-Marshall's civil rights litigation has involved education, children's healthcare, and criminal justice issues. Gloria has worked with law and policy issues of concern to vulnerable groups, specifically children, women, and people of color in the United States, Africa, and Europe. She has presented interventions before the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on issues of racial justice and is the former Legal Advisor to the Permanent Representation to the United Nations in Geneva and New York of the African Bureau of Educational Sciences/OAU.

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is the Founder and Director of The Law and Policy Group, Inc. The Law and Policy Group is a "think tank for the community" that provides policy information, speakers, public outreach, and legal analysis on issues affecting the lives of children, women, and people of color. The Law and Policy Group, Inc. publishes the Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls(R). It is the first national ongoing report on the state of Black females in America. To purchase copies for your organization, college or high school student, library, community or individual reference, see: lawandpolicygroup.org/

While in England and Africa as an exchange scholar in Fall 2007, Gloria J. Browne-Marshall began research on a new book project. She currently resides in Manhattan and is completing several book projects.


Monday, March 17, 2008

Contemporary Tools for a Contemporary Fight for Justice

Contemporary race discrimination can be difficult to address if strategies are limited to past mechanisms for change, alone.

Without dismissing the effective ways inwhich past strategies can be used today, the larger question is -- what contemporary measures can be used to address the present-day overt as well as the contemporary nuanced/less direct racism we are facing in this country?