UCLA School of Law Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw Honored as One of Southern California’s Freedom’s Sisters

​Lauri Gavel
Executive Director of Communications
UCLA School of Law
(310) 206-2611

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 13, 2012 -- UCLA School of Law Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw was chosen as one of Southern California’s Freedom’s Sisters as part of a Museum of Tolerance Freedom’s Sister exhibition, which celebrates historic and contemporary women who have worked for freedom and equality for all Americans. She was nominated for her work continuing the legacy and representing the character of the 20 women leaders, including Harriet Tubman, Coretta Scott King and Rosa Parks, whose stories and contributions are showcased in the interactive, multimedia exhibit. Professor Crenshaw’s biography and photo are included as part of the museum’s exhibition.

Professor Crenshaw, who joined the UCLA Law faculty in 1986, teaches Civil Rights and other courses in critical race studies and constitutional law. Her primary scholarly interests center on race and the law, and she was a founder and has been a leader in the intellectual movement called Critical Race Theory. She was elected Professor of the Year by the 1991 and 1994 graduating classes.

In 2007, Professor Crenshaw was awarded the Fulbright Chair for Latin America in Brazil. In 2008, she was awarded an Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship, and she joined the selective group of scholars awarded an in-residence fellowship at the Center of Advanced Behavioral Studies at Stanford University.
Professor Crenshaw’s publications include Critical Race Theory (edited by Crenshaw, et al., 1995) and Words that Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech and the First Amendment (with Matsuda, et al., 1993).

The Freedom’s Sisters exhibit will be held at the Museum of Tolerance through Wednesday, January 18, 2012. “Please continue to encourage parents, teachers, students, fellow congregants, neighbors and colleagues to see the exhibition with their students and children while it is still here,” said Liebe Geft, director of the Museum of Tolerance. “It is a satisfying and inspiring experience.”

The exhibition is a collaborative effort between the Cincinnati Museum Center, Ford Motor Company and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). For more information, please visit www.museumoftolerance.com.

About UCLA School of Law
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