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School Desegregation for All Children – The Legacy of Méndez v. Westminster

Gonzalo Méndez, William Guzmán, Frank Palomino, Thomas Estrada, and Lorenzo Ramírez, as citizens of the United States, and on behalf of their minor children, and as they allege in the petition, on behalf of ‘some 5000’ persons similarly affected, all of Mexican or Latin descent, have filed a class suit pursuant to Rule 23 of […]

Senator Hiram Revels

In celebration of African American History Month, our picture of the week is of Hiram Revels, the first African American to serve in the United States Senate. Revels was born a free man in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1827.  He was first apprenticed as a barber, learning the trade from an older brother, and later […]

An Interview with Kenneth W. Mack, Inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law

Today’s interview is with Kenneth W. Mack, inaugural Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law at Harvard University.  Prof. Mack was a speaker at the 2013 Library of Congress National Book Festival, where he discussed his book, Representing the Race:  The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer.  He is also the co-editor of The New Black:  […]

FALQs: Nigeria’s 2015 Election

It is election season in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation.  This is the fifth election cycle in the country since democracy was restored in 1999 after many years of military rule.  Elections conducted since then, particularly presidential elections, had been marred with various controversies, including violence and poll rigging.  Nonetheless, the country has reportedly shown […]

Love, Adultery, and Madness

It is often said that love can drive you mad. As further evidence, take the 19th Century case (see page 494) that is said to have introduced the defense of temporary insanity in American jurisprudence. This case resulted from an affair between the wife of a member of Congress and one of Francis Scott Key’s sons. In 1859, […]

An Interview with Michele Chisholm, Copyright Licensing Specialist

Today’s interview is with Michele Chisholm, a copyright licensing specialist at the U.S. Copyright Office and the current president of the Library of Congress chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG).   Describe your background. I am a native Washingtonian, who grew up in the segregated South during the peak of the civil rights movement. My […]