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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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A Disturbing New Trend: Jailing Poor Black Mothers for Trying to Educate Their Children

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program & Inimai Chettiar, ACLU at 6:24pm
In a case very similar to one in Akron, Ohio, we wrote about a few months ago, a Connecticut homeless woman is currently facing felony charges for enrolling her 5-year-old son in a Norwalk elementary school by using her babysitter's address.

Why I Work for Racial Justice

By Courtney Bowie, Racial Justice Program at 5:45pm

As I reflect upon Black History Month and how I ended up here at the ACLU’s Racial Justice Program, I realize that my path to the ACLU probably began before I was born.

I met my Uncle Harry John Bowie ten years after his initial participation…

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…

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…

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