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Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture 2021

The annual Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture celebrates the memory of the late Valerie Gordon ’93, a fierce advocate for human rights. Justin Hansford, professor of law and director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University, delivered the keynote address on “Human Rights and Racial Justice.” The event also honored the two most recent winners of the Spirit of Valerie Gordon Essay Contest, which is conducted annually by the Black Law Student Association (BLSA). Princess Diaz ’23  won this year for her essay, “In the Name of ‘Terrorism’: Silencing Dissent in Saudi Arabia.” Bianca Pickering ’22 was honored for winning last year for her essay, “The Forgotten Refugees: The Quandary of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Internally Displaced Peoples."

Professor Hansford is a leading scholar and activist in the areas of critical race theory, human rights, and law and social movements. He is a co-author of the forthcoming seventh edition of Race, Racism and American Law, the celebrated legal textbook that was the first casebook published specifically for teaching race-related law courses.

Professor Hansford is a leading scholar and activist in the areas of critical race theory, human rights, and law and social movements. He is a co-author of the forthcoming seventh edition of Race, Racism and American Law, the celebrated legal textbook that was the first casebook published specifically for teaching race-related law courses.

Princess Diaz ’23 won this year for her essay, “In the Name of ‘Terrorism’: Silencing Dissent in Saudi Arabia.”

Princess Diaz ’23 won this year for her essay, “In the Name of ‘Terrorism’: Silencing Dissent in Saudi Arabia.”

Bianca Pickering ’22 was honored for winning last year for her essay, “The Forgotten Refugees: The Quandary of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Internally Displaced Peoples.”

Bianca Pickering ’22 was honored for winning last year for her essay, “The Forgotten Refugees: The Quandary of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Internally Displaced Peoples.”

 Christian Lamar ’93, Spouse of Valerie Gordon

Christian Lamar ’93, Spouse of Valerie Gordon

Danae Rosario ’22, Chair of the Black Law Students Association

Danae Rosario ’22, Chair of the Black Law Students Association

Elizabeth Ennen, director of Northeastern Law's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy

Elizabeth Ennen, director of Northeastern Law's Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy

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