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African American Heritage Week: Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

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Continuing this week's theme, I'd like to share a more modern activist in my list of influential African American figures.

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is one of the pioneers of the concept of critical race theory. She is best known for her introduction of intersectionality into feminist theory, which changes the perspective to include issues of race as it pertains to gender. Crenshaw is a faculty member at UCLA, where she currently teaches 'Advanced Critical Race Theory,' 'Civil Rights,' 'Intersectionalities: Theorizing Multiple Discrimination, Identity and Power,' and 'Intersectional Perspectives on Race, Gender and the Criminalization of Women & Girls.' Crenshaw also teaches at Columbia, where she teaches 'Civil Rights' and her 'Intersectionalities Workshop.' She holds a B.A. from Cornell University, her J.D. from Harvard University, and her LL.M from the University of Wisconsin.

Crenshaw's impact on feminism and the law has influenced the world, particularly through the African American Policy Forum (AAPF), which is a "think tank that connects academics, activists and policy-makers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality." Thanks to Crenshaw, intersectionality is at the heart of more and more emerging policies, including people of all genders, sexualities, sexes, ethnicities, and cultures. There is still more work to be done, but you can be sure that Kimberlé will be at the front of any intersectional innovation.

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