Kristen Clarke

Standing Up For Racial Diversity

“Investigating reverse discrimination at a moment when white supremacist are marching in the streets is deeply troubling”


As President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Kristen Clarke is tasked with fighting injustice that targets inequalities confronting African Americans and other POC. A Harvard University and Columbia Law School alum, Kristen has a storied history including several years at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund where she helped lead the organization’s work in the areas of voting rights and election law across the country. Prior to that she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division. While at the Justice Department, she served on the front line as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Section, handling police misconduct, police brutality, hate crimes, and human trafficking cases.


The Lawyers Committee uses the rule of law to stand up for a variety of social issues that directly impact the lives of everyday Black and Brown Americans. Two issues at the forefront of Clarke’s agenda are voting rights and the current administrations attack on affirmative action.

  • Many right wing republicans, particularly in southern states are rezoning districts in blatant attempts to hijack POC’s voting rights and directly impact elections on a local and state level.
  • The DOJ announced that it was formally launching an investigation into Harvard’s admission policies and how it utilizes race as a determining factor.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions is essentially aligning the DOJ with an argument popular in right-wing circles that affirmative action is a form of reverse discrimination that hurts white.


While we allow the media to distract us with “hot button issues” Kristen Clarke continues to take lawmakers to task. Through the Lawyers Committee she is standing up for our communities for our children and future generations. In case you still don’t get it lets use Harvard as an example. The university has publicly committed itself to diversity yet only has 14.6% of African American students admitted to the class of 2021. With the number of white students admitted estimated around 50% . Now if Sessions has his way what would that number look like in 2 to 3 years?


Beyond marching and speaking out on media outlets Kristen is actively working for the progression of our community. using her platform and legal prowess to ensure our ciivil liberties stay intact. Kristen is a game changer and we salute her!



To learn more about the Lawyers’ Committee visit their website .


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