Kenneth W. Mack - Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer
Friday, May 4 / 3:00pm
KENNETH W. MACK
Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer
@ Harvard Book Store | 1256 Mass. Ave.
This event is free. No tickets are necessary.
Harvard Book Store and The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute are pleased to welcome Harvard Law School's KENNETH W. MACK for a discussion of his new book, Representing the Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer. Representing the Race
tells the story of an enduring paradox of American race relations, through the prism of a collective biography of African American lawyers who worked in the era of segregation. Practicing the law and seeking justice for diverse clients, they confronted a tension between their racial identity as black men and women and their professional identity as lawyers. Both blacks and whites demanded that these attorneys stand apart from their racial community as members of the legal fraternity. Yet, at the same time, they were expected to be “authentic”—that is, in sympathy with the black masses. This conundrum, as Kenneth W. Mack shows, continues to reverberate through American politics today.