Episode 82: Gloria J. Browne-Marshall on the courage of Black women

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is a writer, civil rights attorney, playwright, poet, and Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College. Her most recent book, She Took Justice: The Black Woman, Law, and Power – 1619 to 1969, showcases the courage of a range of Black women in the face of racial prejudice and gender oppression, including 17th century African warrior Queen Nzingha, Oney Judge, a slave owned by George Washington, Sojourner Truth, Shirley Chisholm, and a host of others that you’ve likely heard of and, significantly, some that you never learned about in school. Gloria talks with John Jay College Media Relations Director, Rich Relkin, about how these women used the legal system in their fight for freedom. They talk about Gloria’s other creative works, too, including two plays: Shot: Caught a Soul  and Dreams of Emmett Till. She also hosts an animated series on the U.S. Constitution, Your Government, and a legal issues podcast, Law of the Land.

Gloria has had and continues to have a distinguished career that includes litigating cases for organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. She is also the executive director of the nonprofit legal think tank, The Law & Policy Group. She is a 2023 winner of a Faculty Research and Scholarship Award at John Jay, given to faculty who have demonstrated consistently exceptional scholarship over the past three years. If you’re familiar with Gloria and her work, it won’t be surprising to learn that there is much more in the pipeline. Follow her on Twitter to keep up.

Many many thanks to Rich Relkin for his unparalleled guest hosting for this episode and for those with John Jay colleagues David Munns, Evan Mandery and Edward Paulino. We wish him the best of luck in his new communications role at Lehman College and look forward to our continued collaboration.

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