This site was created in honor of Professor Derrick Bell and in recognition of his unparalleled career as a civil rights attorney, legal scholar, professor and political activist.
Who can speak on Derrick Bell’s behalf? Those who knew and loved Derrick Bell, including his widow, Janet Dewart Bell. This past week, Fox News ran a story featuring footage from a 1991 diversity rally at Harvard Law School where then-student Barack Obama introduced Professor Derrick Bell. In Obama’s remarks, he praised Bell for having the courage to protest the law school’s lack of diversity on the faculty and likened him to Rosa Parks. Following this introduction, Obama and Bell embraced. This is the “bombshell” footage that Andrew Breitbart and Fox News said would prove that the President’s agenda is to sow “racial division and class warfare.” To this, Janet Dewart Bell, Derrick Bell’s widow, said to the Washington Post on 3/9/12, “I think that it’s pathetic and desperate on their part that they would think that this was such a bombshell. It’s typical in one sense– it’s the radical right wing making a mountain out of a molehill with distortion and misinformation.” For more on the life and legacy of Derrick Bell, click on the short film below by Lisa Marie Boykin & Mark T. Chapman and check out Janet Dewart Bell on MSNBC’s The Ed Show below.
To watch Jon Stewart’s comedic response to Sean Hannity and Fox News’ attempted smear of Derrick Bell and President Barack Obama.
A Tribute to Derrick Bell by Lisa Marie Boykin & Mark T. Chapman
Derrick Bell: Pioneer of the Protest Movement
“We must complain. Yes, plain, blunt complaint, ceaseless agitation, unfailing exposure of dishonesty and wrong– this is the ancient, unerring way to liberty, and we must follow it.” W.E.B. Du Bois