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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Nonprofit Legal Director
Law Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Green
Favorite Food:
Spinach, Ground Nuts
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Everything That Reveals Also Conceals.

Birthplace

Born:
5/27/1947
Birth Location:
Detroit, Michigan

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator
Nonprofit Legal Director
Law Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black, Green
Favorite Food:
Spinach, Ground Nuts
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Everything That Reveals Also Conceals.

Birthplace

Born:
5/27/1947
Birth Location:
Detroit
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Biography

Professor john a. powell, who does not capitalize his name, was born on May 27, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. He is recognized as an expert in the areas of civil rights, civil liberties and issues relating to race, poverty and the law and has written extensively on the effects of race and poverty on U.S. society.

Professor powell earned a B.A. in psychology from Stanford University in 1969 and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973, after which he became an attorney with the Seattle Public Defender's Office. In 1977, powell received an International Human Rights Fellowship from the University of Minnesota to work in Africa, where he served as a consultant to the government of Mozambique. Between 1987 and 1993, he worked as a national legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Professor powell taught at Columbia University School of Law, Harvard Law School, University of Miami School of Law, American University, The University of San Francisco School of Law, The Minnesota Law School before becoming the director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. He also holds the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties at the Moritz College of Law. He was the founder and Executive Director of the Institute on Race and Poverty (IRP), located at the University of Minnesota Law School and was appointed the Earl R. Larson Chair of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at Minnesota.

Professor powell is also a member of the National Legal Aid and Defender, the National Housing Law Center Association, the National Bar Association and the American Bar Association's Commission on Homelessness and Poverty. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) and the Minnesota Supreme Court's Implementation Committee on Multicultural Diversity and Racial Fairness.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of john powell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - john powell lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - john powell describes his parents, Florcie Rimpson and Marshall Powell, Jr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - john powell talks about his family background and his paternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - john powell describes the history of racism and violence in Missouri, where he visited as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - john powell describes his Native American ancestry and his paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - john powell describes his family's move to Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - john powell describes the history of segregation in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - john powell describes the sights, smells, and sounds of his childhood, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - john powell describes the sights, smells, and sounds of his childhood, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - john powell describes his childhood in segregated Detroit, Michigan in the 1950s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - john powell talks about being denied entry into advanced placement course at Southeastern High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - john powell describes discrimination against black students at Southeastern High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - john powell describes developing an interest in social and political action during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - john powell talks about being discouraged from applying to college from his teachers at Southeastern High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - john powell describes protesting the firing of a black coach at Southeastern High School in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - john powell talks about his disillusionment with the Church of Christ as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - john powell talks about his relationship with his parents
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Slating of john powell's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - john powell recalls his high school teachers' attempts to sabotage his college applications
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - john powell talks about working at the Ford River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - john powell describes the demographics of Stanford University in Stanford, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - john powell talks about his academic performance at Stanford University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - john powell describes his social life at Stanford University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - john powell remembers the faculty at Stanford University, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - john powell talks about his white classmates at Stanford University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - john powell remembers the faculty at Stanford University, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - john powell talks about the civil rights and black power movements
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - john powell remembers his introduction to Yale Law School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - john powell recalls transferring to the University of California Berkeley School of Law
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - john powell describes the political climate of the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - john powell talks about his decision to forego a clerkship
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - john powell describes his experiences in Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - john powell talks about Idi Amin and Julius Nyerere
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - john powell describes his work in Mozambique and Zambia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - john powell remembers teaching at the Theosophical Society Adyar in Chennai, India
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - john powell recalls his work for Evergreen Legal Services in Seattle, Washington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - john powell remembers moving to Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - john powell talks about critical race theory
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - john powell talks about the concept of dialogic learning
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - john powell describes his community at the University of San Francisco of Law
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - john powell talks about his work with the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - john powell reflects upon his accomplishments at the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - john powell remembers founding the Institute on Race and Poverty in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - john powell reflects upon his work at the Institute on Race and Poverty
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - john powell talks about the role of race in policymaking
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - john powell recalls the publication of 'In Pursuit of the Dream Deferred'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - john powell talks about his book, 'Racing to Justice'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - john powell describes his work at the HAAS Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society in Berkeley, California
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - john powell talks about the current research of the HAAS Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - john powell describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - john powell talks about the challenges faced by the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - john powell describes his decision to forego marriage
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - john powell reflects upon his life and legacy