Kimberlé Crenshaw Named Outstanding Scholar by the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

Kimberlé Crenshaw Named Outstanding Scholar by the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation

The African American Policy Forum is pleased to announce that Executive Director Kimberlé Crenshaw will receive the Outstanding Scholar Award from The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The award is given annually to "a member of the academy who has engaged in outstanding scholarship in the law or government."

“Professor Crenshaw’s extraordinary scholarship and exemplary engagement as a public intellectual certainly embodies the American Bar Foundation’s core commitment to ‘Expanding Knowledge and Advancing Justice,’ especially in respect to fusing together racial and gender justice,” said George Lipsitz, board president of the AAPF. “She is not only one of the most widely read, cited and taught scholars of the law, but also a visionary activist who has promoted the creation of research-based strategies to promote social inclusion.”

Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, Crenshaw is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. She was a key progenitor of the Critical Race Theory movement and developed the innovative legal framework now known as "intersectionality," a term she coined.

"Her ideas and vision have literally transformed the basis of our thinking and inspired us to break out of our silos and work in the intersection of liberation, justice and equality," says AAPF board member Eve Ensler.

In her work with the African American Policy Forum and the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies, Crenshaw is a leading advocate for a gender-inclusive approach to racial justice. In 2015 she spearheaded the groundbreaking studies, Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, Overpoliced and Underprotected, and Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women and the social media and activism campaigns built on this crucial work, for which she was named Ms. Magazine's #1 Most Inspiring Feminist of 2015.

The #SayHerName campaign exemplifies Crenshaw's work to bring an intersectional understanding of racial justice to the national stage and, says Barbara R. Arnwine, president and founder of The Transformative Justice Coalition, has been "game changing," and has "forever the transformed the Black Lives Matter struggle."

Arnwine describes co-teaching with Crenshaw as "a true joy in my life….Words like brilliant, exemplary and extraordinary are insufficient to capture the full range of her amazing intellectual, scholarly and organizational output."

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The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank that connects academics, activists and policy-makers in dismantling structural inequality and engages new ideas and perspectives to transform public discourse and policy. The work of AAPF promotes frameworks and strategies that address the bases of discrimination as they relate to the intersections of race, gender and class.