Black women are continuing to break major racial barriers in the realm of academia. According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Kimberly Mutcherson was recently selected to become the dean of Rutgers University’s law school.
Mutcherson’s historic appointment is one of many firsts, the news outlet writes. She is the first woman, the first Black person and the first LGBT individual to serve in this role. Mutcherson started her journey at Rutgers 17 years ago as an assistant professor. She then moved up the ranks and in 2015 was named vice dean of the New Jersey-based university’s law school.
Mutcherson—who earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a juris doctorate degree from Columbia Law School—has conducted research surrounding reproductive justice. During her career she’s worked with the Center for Reproductive Rights and the HIV Law Project. “I am thrilled to be able to continue my service to Rutgers law as co-dean,” said Mutcherson, according to the Philadelphia Tribune. “I know that our institution has a very bright future and will continue to provide a high-quality legal education and produce lawyers who change the profession and the world for the better.”
Rutgers University-Camden Chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon said that Mutcherson will play an integral role in building upon the momentum and energy at Rutgers Law. “She is passionate about the value of a legal education that prepares creative thinkers who are ready to be leaders in virtually every aspect of our society. She sees with clarity the role of the law in protecting individual rights” said Haddon.
Mutcherson started her new role on January 1. Her appointment comes just months after Olivette Otele made history by becoming the first Black woman history professor in the UK after being selected to teach at Bath Spa University.
Cyntoia Brown Is Granted Clemency And Has Life Sentence Commuted
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"Cyntoia Brown granted clemency from a life sentence" https://t.co/vatKiOVdUS— Mark Callender (@mark1107) January 7, 2019
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This is why Cyntoia Brown was also a victim.— Natasha S. Alford (@NatashaSAlford) January 7, 2019
And how victim-blamers sound every time they ask, “So why didn’t you just leave?” pic.twitter.com/rnSx4CsahW
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I think Cyntoia Brown should make many of us consider why there is even such thing as a life sentence and why it's so prevalent in the United States.— Fannie's Dream (@fanniesdream) January 7, 2019
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Cyntoia Brown being granted Clemency and release on Aug. 7 for defending and freeing herself from sex trafficking is a big step forward on 2019, but still shows just how unjust and broken the justoce system actualy is. #CyntoiaBrown— Z (@Foolish_Truth) January 7, 2019
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I’m thrilled Cyntoia Brown was granted clemency but why keep her locked up until August 7th?— Yvette (@LuvWithoutTears) January 7, 2019
Can anything else be done to get her released now?
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Cyntoia Brown, 16, killed a man who picked her up for sex and threatened her life. Sentenced to life imprisonment, spent 14 years in jail.— Shailja Patel (@shailjapatel) January 7, 2019
Jeffrey Epstein, billionaire, raped and trafficked at least 80 underage girls. Did 13 months in luxury private prison, with day release.
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Cyntoia Brown should not have had to spend a single day behind bars. She should have been able to spend the holidays with her loved ones. This win goes to @BLM_Nashville @MeTooMVMT @HighlanderCtr, our COC members and thousands of ppl who demanded Cyntoia's freedom https://t.co/SBimwwhZ5R— Rashad Robinson (@rashadrobinson) January 7, 2019
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#ThankYou to everyone that used their voice to support Cyntoia Brown who was granted full clemency.— NAACP (@NAACP) January 7, 2019
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Justice has finally been served: #CyntoiaBrown has been granted clemency. This victory belongs to Cyntoia Brown & to the Tennessee human trafficking activists, especially Black women, who refused to concede injustice & instead organized to create change. https://t.co/ANC0aOXj5N— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) January 7, 2019
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