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Since 1983

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Originally founded in 1983 by the Black Law Students Association, the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal is an annual publication edited by students at Harvard Law School.


BlackLetter is committed to publishing manuscripts that address social and economic issues affecting racial and ethnic minorities as well as innovative works by minority scholars and students.


BlackLetter invites Harvard Law students and our community beyond Harvard Law  to join us for events on issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality, including our annual symposium.

JREJ Critical Race Theory Symposium

The Harvard Journal on Racial & Ethnic Justice is proud to present its annual symposium on critical race theory in academia and action.  The symposium is free and open to the public. Sign up for a coffee chat with Tanya Hernandez here. To assist us in estimating...

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Now Accepting Article Submissions for 2016-17!

Whether one calls it modern day slavery or the new Jim Crow, mass incarceration represents the most recent dynamic mechanism by which the state exercises controls over black and brown bodies in the name of justice. The term encompasses  more than the wild racial...

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JREJ Hosts Spring Symposium

The Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice (JREJ) is hosted its spring symposium, “The Legal Status of Racial Power: A Retrospective of ‘Whiteness as Property'” on Wednesday, April 8that 12 – 2PM. The event was located at Harvard Law School in Milstein West and...

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Still Separate, Still Unequal

The Harvard Journal of Racial and Ethnic Justice (JREJ) recently published its first online volume. It consists of material first presented at JREJ’s Spring 2014 Symposium: “40 Years After Milliken: Remedying Racial Disparities in a ‘Post-Racial Society.’”  The 1974...

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Volume 28

Storytelling and Political Resistance: Remembering Derrick Bell (with a story about tlton Trumbo) Martha Minow Separate, Unequal, and Seeking Support Meera E. Deo Derrick Bell: Godfather Provocateur andre douglas pond cummings  “Other Spaces” in Legal Pedagogy Lolita...

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Volume 27

Racial Reconciliation in Mississippi: An Evaluation of the Proposal to Establish a Mississippi Truth and Reconciliation Commission Patryk Labuda The Griswold 9 and Student Activism for Faculty Diversity at Harvard Law School in the Early 1990s Philip Lee Respecting...

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Volume 25

Beyond the Final Frontier: A “Post-Racial” America? Anniversary Forewords: The Role of the Journal, Then and Now Letter from the Editor in Chief Jay Adejumoke-Jagun Osha From Dred Scott to Barack Obama: The Ebb and Flow of Race Jurisprudence Charles J. Ogletree, Jr...

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Volume 24

Introduction Kevin D. Brown Lessons Learned from Comparing the Application of Constitutional Law and Federal Anti-Discrimination Law to African-Americans in the U.S. and Dalits in India in the Context of Higher Education (Article) Kevin D. Brown and Vinay Sitapati...

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