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Read, hear Professor Sherrilyn Ifill’s Response to Sen. Obama’s Speech on Race in America

Sherrilyn Ifill, a civil rights lawyer and professor at the University of Maryland School of Law, and the author of On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century, appeared on NPR and published an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, reacting to Senator Barack Obama’s speech about race in America.

“The outcome of this presidential race is only one indication of the willingness of Americans to take steps forward on race,” Professor Ifill wrote. “The voting booth is but one -- albeit critically important -- place where Americans can express either their fear or their courage. As Mr. Obama suggested, the battle must first be won in our beauty shops, school rooms, golf courses, churches, synagogues, workplaces and families, where some of our most important and toxic conversations about race take place.”


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