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The 14th Amendment: African Americans and the Meaning of Citizenship

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

An in-depth conversation with Dean Danielle Holley-Walker and Professor Garrett Epps, moderated by Iraqi-American activist and proprietor of Busboys and Poets Andy Shallal, will examine the case of Dred Scott v. Sandford and the court’s majority opinion, which rendered people of African descent as non-citizens of the United States. This session will consider the impact of that decision, legislative attempts to address the court’s ruling and the ways in which the 14th amendment shaped the meaning of citizenship for African Americans.

Danielle Holley-Walker is the Dean and Professor of Law at Howard University School of Law. Dean Holley-Walker earned a B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard University. After law school, she clerked for Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She also practiced civil litigation at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining the Howard faculty, she was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina.


Dean Holley-Walker teaches Civil Procedure, Administrative Law, Legislation and Regulation, Federal Courts, and Inequality and Education. Dean Holley-Walker’s ongoing research agenda deals with the governance of public schools, and diversity in the legal profession. She has published articles on issues of civil rights and education, including recent articles on No Child Left Behind, charter school policy, desegregation plans, and affirmative action in higher education.


Epps is Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore and Supreme Court correspondent for The Atlantic Online. A former reporter for The Washington Post and The Richmond Afro-American, he is the author of two novels and five books of law-related non-fiction, including “Democracy Reborn: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Fight for Equal Rights in Post-War America,” the only one-volume history of the Framing of the Fourteenth Amendment. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, The American Prospect, and The New Republic. He has twice been a finalist for the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Book Award, and is the winner of the Frances Fuller Victor for Non-Fiction and the Lillian Smith Award for Best Work of Fiction About the South.

Books by the panelists will be for sale from East City Bookshop.

Sponsored By:
Executive Office of the Mayor | DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities | Association for the Study of African American Life and History | American Historical Association


Thursday, April 12, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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