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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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Arizona Stands Against Racism. [Insert Laughter]

By Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project & Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 2:23pm
Apparently, Arizona lawmakers were concerned you might not believe they were committed to fighting racism. So this week, the state of Arizona took the important step of enacting a law, the first of its kind, that seeks to protect communities of color from one of the biggest threats facing them today...women of color.

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…

Solution to Campus Diversity Problem Isn't Segregation Everywhere Else

Solution to Campus Diversity Problem Isn't Segregation Everywhere Else

By Dennis Parker, Director, ACLU Racial Justice Program & Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 6:04pm

Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in the university admissions case, Fisher v. University of Texas. In it, the Court left intact the important principle that universities have a compelling interest in a diverse student body,…

The Legacy of Derrick Bell

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program & Inimai Chettiar, ACLU at 4:50pm

The following is an excerpt from a longer article appearing on ACSblog:

Professor Derrick Bell, who passed away on Wednesday, was a racial justice pioneer and teacher who enlightened many. His actions spoke as loudly as his words and influence…

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