The African American Policy Forum works to bridge the gap between scholarly research and public discourse related to inequality, discrimination and injustice. We bring together academics, advocates, civic leaders, elected officials, and policy makers to advance more inclusive and productive approaches to achieving equity within and across diverse communities.  More broadly, we consult, design, and provide context specific training to social justice groups, equity conscious businesses, and grassroots organizations working to achieve and maintain inclusive and equitable social environments.

Below are several examples and descriptions of our programs, published literature and strategic learning tools that we use to educate scholars, students, social justice advocates, and policy makers on issues relating to structural racism, gender discrimination, affirmative action and other social inclusion policies.

Featured Publications

Multicultural Literacy & Leadership Initiative Primer

Our multicultural literacy and leadership initiative is designed to address these two mutually reinforcing problems, namely: 1) the continuing antagonism and lack of cooperation that undermines effective communication and understanding among communities of color and 2) the ongoing forms of racial discrimination and inequality that are insufficiently addressed through existing approaches to building cross-racial coalitions.  Below is an overview and primer of our efforts to tackle these problems.

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Intersectionality Primer

Intersectionality is one of the key ideas around which the work of the Policy Forum is organized.  Indeed, Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term in a series of ground breaking essays, and this framework is reflected in the writings of both of the Policy Forum’s principal directors. Below is a primer which compiles these essays and writings and provides a well-rounded understanding of "Intersectionality."

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The Intersectionality of Race and Gender Discrimination Background Paper

Neither the gender aspects of racial discrimination, nor the aspects of gender discrimination are fully comprehended within human rights discourse. This background paper offers a provisional frame work to identify various form of subordination that can be said to reflect the interactive effects of race and gender discrimination.

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13 Myths About Affirmative Action Primer

The 13 Myths About Affirmative Action series is grounded in the idea that “what people know about affirmative action isn’t right and what’s right about affirmative action people don’t know.” This initiative embraces a radio production and a mini-course supplement (below), and it was produced to spread the truth about affirmative action. It is a tool used to educate, inform, and reinforce the necessity of race and gender conscious policies.

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Affirmative Action Mythbusters Primer

Building on the 13 Myths About Affirmative Action series, this concise primer gives users an excellent rebutal to several of the myths in a user-friendly way.

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Kimberle Crenshaw essay: "Framing Affirmative Action"

"The campaign to eliminate race and gender conscious remedies has been largely underappreciated for the radical social movement that it actually represents. Antiaffirmative action activists frame their efforts as a simple plea to return to a fairer time before affirmative action distorted and unfairly denied deserving whites and men equal opportunity." Click below to read further....

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Luke Harris essay: "Affirmative Action as Equalizing Opportunity"

Luke Harris wrote this article with Uma Narayan, challenging the myth of "Preferential Treament."

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Luke Harris essay: "Affirmative Action & the White Backlash: Notes from a Child of Apartheid"

An essay that appeared in "Picturing Us: African American Identity in Photography.

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Luke Harris essay: "My Two Mothers, America and The Million Man March"

Below is a poignant essay written by Luke Harris, taken from the book, "Black Men on Race, Gender & Sexuality: A Critical Reader."

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Kimberle Crenshaw essay: "A Preference for Deception"

An essay from Ms. Magazine's expose on the "Good Ole Boys." See pages 6-8.

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Kimberle Crenshaw essay: "The Old Boys Club"

Kimberle Crenshaw contributes to this Ms. Magazine article, giving her thoughts on the bias against women within the Small Business Administration.

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Luke Harris essay: "Brief of Amici Curiae on Behalf of a Committee of Concerned Black Graduates of ABA accredited Law Schools"

This prologue was written so as to intervene and to assist in the reframing of the public debate surrounding minority admissions programs in institutions of higher education.

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Slideshow - AAPF Over the Years

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