Past Event

The Experiences of African American Girls in Schools: A Public Forum Featuring Kimberlé Crenshaw

As a part of a broader initiative focused on African American girls and young women, the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) is hosting this public forum to gather insight from the community about the factors that drive young African American women to drop out of high school.

Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, will be speaking at the public forum, and educators, parents, policymakers, clergy, advocates and African American women and girls are invited to contribute and learn together about the unique challenges young African American women face, and what policies and actions would support their success.

About Kimberlé Crenshaw
A Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, Kimberlé is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights. She is the founding coordinator of the Critical Race Theory Workshop, and the co-editor of the volume, Critical Race Theory: Key Documents That Shaped the Movement. Crenshaw has spoken to audience on race matters across the country as well as in Europe, India, Africa and South America. Her work on race and gender was influential in the drafting of the equality clause in the South African Constitution. Crenshaw has also served as a member of the National Science Foundation’s Committee to Research Violence Against Women and has assisted the legal team representing Anita Hill.

This event is presented as part of The Collaborative City, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580 at least 72 hours prior to the event. For parking locations near the facility, please visit