The NAACP's Legal Legacy

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Today the NAACP wraps up its convention celebrating its 100-year anniversary. For a look at what the group's future fights for civil rights should be and how their past accomplishments shaped the nation, we are joined by Lani Gunier. Lani Guinier is the Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She is also the first and only tenured black female professor at Harvard Law School.

We’ve been covering the NAACP’s centennial convention all week. Tomorrow we wrap up the conversation with linguist John McWhorter. We’ll look at his vision for keeping the NAACP relevant in the 21st Century.

Click through for a transcript of our conversation with Lani Guinier

Read about what was life was like for black Americans in 1909.




Farai Chideya and Lani Guinier


Chelsea Merz

Comments [1]

Mizan Kirby-Nunes

In 1969 I was among 18 black students who took over a building to awaken Colby College in Waterville Maine to a commitment to its student body and to the nation. I was impressed that the NAACP sent a lawyer to our defense just in case we needed legal defense. The Legal Defense remains crucial to the advancement of Human rights. Respectfully, Mizan Nunes

Jul. 16 2009 07:52 PM

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