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Courtney Bowie is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Racial Justice Program. She focuses on litigating cases related to the “school-to-prison pipeline.”


Prior to joining the ACLU, Bowie was an attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she directed the work of its Mississippi Youth Justice Project and litigated systemic claims on behalf of students with disabilities in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. In addition to the rights of children, Bowie has practiced extensively in the area of the rights of people with disabilities. She graduated from the University of Texas Law School and received a B.A. from Wellesley College.

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Graduation Gap Between NCAA Black and White Student-Athletes

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 6:10pm
According to my bracket, next weekend, the University of Texas and the University of North Carolina will battle for a national basketball title. In reality, Butler, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), University of Kentucky, and University of Connecticut will battle it out for first place in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I basketball.

The Most Dangerous Place for Black Children…

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 3:23pm

This week in New York, there has been media coverage of an anti-abortion billboard several stories high outside of the Holland Tunnel declaring "The Most Dangerous Place for an African American Is in the Womb." It features the picture…

The Colonel Reb Foundation Needs to Allow Ole Miss to Move On

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 12:16pm

On Sunday, the New York Times reported on the "Colonel Reb" mascot controversy at the University of Mississippi, a.k.a. "Ole Miss."

Colonel Reb — a caricature of a white antebellum Southern plantation owner that…

Hello! Students Have a Right to Keep Cell Information Private

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 1:13pm

It's back to school this week, and students across the country will not only be catching up with friends and doing homework, but suffering the humiliation of having their cell phones illegally confiscated and searched.

That's right: it's an…

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