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The Gault Center – Decriminalizing Fashion & Culture for Youth of Color

April 25, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A book cover featuring a dark silhouette of a child with a backpack. Text reads 2022 Racial Justice Training Series. Book Title is The Rage of Innocence. Logos for The Gault Center and Juvenile Justice Initiative are featured on the right side of the image.

This is the third session of The Gault Center and the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative’s  2022 Racial Justice Training Series and Book Club. Prof. Kristin Henning and Ebony Howard, Deputy Director of The Gault Center, will be joined by Prof. Andrea L. Dennis, Associate Dean for Faculty Development & John Byrd Martin Chair of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law and author of Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in AmericaAngeles Zaragoza, a youth defender with the Office of the Alternate Public Defender in Los Angeles County and a 2021 Ambassador for Racial Justice; and Anthony Brinkley, a student at Georgetown Law and former system-involved youth.

Please join to:

  • Learn about the unique criminalization of fashion and music associated with youth of color
  • Review laws used to criminalize adolescent culture
  • Discuss the disparate policing of youth of color in your jurisdiction based on clothing styles and colors, musical preferences, and adolescent friendships
  • Consider how we can use data, research, and history in our case advocacy and systemic reform

This session will be built around Chapter 3, Hoodies, Headwraps, and Hip-Hop: Criminalizing Black Adolescent Culture, of Prof. Henning’s book, The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth.

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