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February 18, 2009

Rapoport Center forum, “Bringing Human Rights Home,” February 21, 2009

On February 21, veteran activists, international and criminal law attorneys, community leaders, and academics will come together at the University of Texas School of Law for an important conversation about the relevance of human rights as a tool for racial justice for African-Americans. The forum will reveal the little-known history of the black human rights movement in the United States prior to the civil rights era and discuss how local community struggles for dignified lives are reaching the international stage.

This special forum will be held in the Eidman Courtroom at the School of Law on Saturday, February 21, 2009, from 12:30–6:00 p.m. Speakers include: Carol Anderson, associate professor of African American studies, Emory University; Roger Wareham, a criminal law and human rights attorney; and Soffiyah Elijah, a criminal law attorney and director of Harvard Law School’s Criminal Justice Clinic.

It will also include a session titled “Let My People Go,” which will examine the destructive impact of the criminal justice system on black people’s lives and communities, including issues of police brutality, the massive incarceration rate of the black population, and the school-to-prison pipeline. The strategy-oriented, interactive forum will consider many of these issues in light of the new Obama administration.

This forum is part of the University of Texas’s 1st Annual Freedom Weekend, which takes place during the month of February and offers a variety of programming which promotes social, cultural, and historical awareness within a social justice context and fosters community dialogue by inviting a variety of voices to the table through forums, performances, activism, and scholarship.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit:

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1st Annual Freedom Weekend

Abriendo Brecha VI - Activist Scholarship Conference

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice


Kaleema Haidera Al-Nur, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice,

Sarah Cline, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice,