H. Timothy Lovelace, LAPA Fellow; Indiana University Maurer School of Law,

King Making: 'Brown v. Board of Education' and the Rise of a Racial Savior

Mon, 02/22/2016
301 Marx Hall
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Please join us for a LAPA Seminar with H. Timothy Lovelace, Jr., Associate Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, who will present “Racial Discrimination as a Public Problem."  The commentator is Professor Tanya Hernandez, Associate Director and Head of Global & Comparative Law Programs and Initiatives in the Center on Race, Law & Justice at Fordham University School of Law. 

LAPA’s seminar format assumes that seminar participants have familiarized themselves with the paper in advance. The commentator opens the session by summarizing the main themes in the paper and presenting some topics for discussion. The author then has the right of first response before we open to the floor for questions. The seminar will end with a brief reception, giving everyone a chance to mingle and meet.

From Professor Lovelace: How did King become King?  This talk will explore the role of law in the production of representatives of the race. In particular, it tracks the close relationship between Brown and Martin Luther King’s meteoric rise in the years from Brown to Cooper. This talk also serves as a response to three decades of legal scholarship describing Brown as a “failure.” If Brown’s “success” is to be measured through linear, causal chains leading to the end of segregated schools or Plessy’s racial compact, then scholars might be right that the Court’s decision was ultimately a “failure.” However, if sociolegal scholars measure Brown’s “success” in the same way that Dr. King measured “success” during this period, we might come to different conclusions. This talk is part of a larger project, "Civil Rights as Human Rights," that examines popular appropriations of anti-discrimination law during the Cold War.

H. Timothy Lovelace, Jr. (Tim) is an Associate Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he teaches American Legal History, Race and the Law, and Advanced Constitutional Law.  He recently published “Making the World in Atlanta’s Image” in the Law and History Review and has a forthcoming article, “Cold War Stories,” in the Journal of American History.  His current book project, entitled The World is on Our Side: The U.S. Origins of the U.N. Race Convention, examines how the U.S. civil rights movement shaped the development of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.  Lovelace earned his J.D. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia.  Before joining the Maurer faculty, Lovelace served as the inaugural Armstead Robinson Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies and as the Assistant Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. 

Tanya K. Hernandez is a Professor of Law and the Associate Director and Head of Global & Comparative Law Programs and Initiatives in Center on Race, Law & Justice at Fordham University School of Law. Hernandez is internationally recognized as an expert in comparative race law, and in 2015 was awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant to consult on racial equality projects at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, in Paris and the University of the West Indies Law School in Trinidad. She has had fellowships at the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University; the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University; the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, and as an Independent Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Hernandez’s work has been published in numerous university law reviews and in news outlets including The New York Times.  Her most recent book is Racial Subordination in Latin America: The Role of the State, Customary Law and the New Civil Rights Response (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which has been translated into Spanish, with a Portuguese translation to be released later this year. She received her A.B. from Brown University, and her J.D. from Yale Law School.