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Professor powell's work featured in Sunday New York Times story
July 23, 2008
Contact: Barbara Peck, (614) 292-0283
Professor john powell was extensively featured in a Sunday New York Times feature about last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that ruled racial-integration plans of two school districts unconstitutional. The story describes how powell helped the Jefferson County, Ky., school district, which includes Louisville, Ky, create a new plan.
The story states: “In the 1960s, Powell was one of the only African-American students in his advanced high-school classes in Detroit; when he became the class valedictorian, a teacher told him he wasn’t the smartest student. He now directs the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University, and he says he still thinks that race is a category with singular power. But he also appreciates the stark effects of segregating poor kids. ‘Ever since the Coleman Report, we’ve seen that there’s a high correlation between good schools and schools that are integrated socioeconomically as well as racially,’ he says. ‘I think everyone agrees that what we need are more good schools.’”
Read the entire story at this link.
Professor powell, Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, is a nationally recognized authority in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties, and issues relating to race, poverty, and the law. Prior to joining the faculty in 2002, Professor powell was the Earl R. Larson Chair of Civil rights and Civil Liberties at the University of Minnesota and was Executive director of the institute on Race and Poverty.
He has taught at Columbia University School of Law, Harvard Law School, University of Miami School of Law, American University and the University of San Francisco School of Law. Professor powell teaches Civil Rights, Poverty Law, Jurisprudence.