crenshawKimberlé Crenshaw is a widely influential authority on civil rights, race, law, and black feminist theory and a founder and leader in the Critical Race Theory intellectual movement. As co-founder of the African American Policy Forum think tank, Crenshaw helps facilitate research projects that inform and advance strategies for social inclusion. She was a William H. Hastie Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she earned the LL.M, and later clerked for Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Twice elected Professor of the Year by UCLA Law graduating classes, Professor Crenshaw’s publications include the edited volume Critical Race Theory and articles in Harvard Law Review, National Black Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review. Crenshaw received the Fulbright Distinguished Chair for Latin America, the Alphonse Fletcher Fellowship, was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2009, and was a Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in 2010. Currently, Crenshaw is Director of the Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS) at Columbia Law School, which she founded in 2011.

2012Bonilla-Silva285Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is an award-winning scholar and professor of sociology at Duke University whose work in race theory has had a broad influence in and beyond the discipline of sociology. He earned the BA in sociology and economics from the University of Puerto Rico–Río Piedras campus (1984) and the MA (1987) and PhD (1993) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before joining the faculty at Duke, Bonilla-Silva worked at the University of Michigan (1993–1998) and Texas A&M University (1998–2005). In addition to publishing numerous articles in top race journals, he is author of White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era (co-winner of the American Sociological Association’s Oliver Cox Award in 2002); multiple editions of Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States; White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism (with Ashley Doane); and White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Social Science (with Tukufu Zuberi). Bonilla-Silva lectures widely on racial and ethnic matters, including talks on the Latin Americanization of racial stratification in the United States and the meaning and significance of the political ascendancy of Barack Obama.

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Statement on Charleston Massacre

On Wednesday night, June 17, 2015, at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. a white gunman murdered nine African American worshippers as they were praying and studying during weekly Bible class.  Wednesday night prayer and bible study in a Black Church is normal behavior. However, murder of innocent people in a holy place, a haven from the brutal realities of life, is not only abnormal, but unconscionable.  This brutal attack in what should be considered a safe haven reflects the continued racism and intolerance embedded in our society. We are now in mourning as a result of this senseless massacre of innocent people. The face of violence has once again shown itself in our churches and illustrates that our country has a long way to go towards eliminating racial hatred and discrimination. As an organization, we grieve such actions. In addition to the prayers, vigils, and other expressions of loss, we challenge society to take the next steps toward true healing and social change by working with organizations like the Association of Black Sociologists to develop strategies and concrete plans to help insure that another such senseless act will never take place again. The Association of Black Sociologists offer our prayers to the families who have lost loved ones, to the community of Charleston which has lost so much talent, and to our country which has again experienced hatred that cuts to its very core.


Dr. Obie Clayton, ABS President

June 19, 2015