May 17, 2016 – Distinguished Professor of Law Kimberlé Crenshaw was honored by the National Women’s Political Caucus with a 2016 Exceptional Merit in Media Award (EMMA) at a presentation in Washington, D.C. on May 16, 2016. Professor Crenshaw, a leader in the intellectual movement called Critical Race Theory whose primary scholarly interests center around race and the law, was honored for her op-ed, “The Girls that Obama Forgot,” published by the New York Times.
The EMMA is awarded annually to media that “inform and educate the public about critical issues that impact women’s lives.” Professor Crenshaw contributed the column as part of #WhyWeCantWait, a research and activism campaign elevating the life experiences of women and girls of color and pushing for the incorporation of gender in racial justice initiatives like My Brother's Keeper.
The op-ed, published July 29, 2014, was part of a broad-based intersectional political agenda galvanized by prominent Black feminists and advocates of all races and genders. Activists released open letters to President Obama, organized town hall hearings for women and girls of color to share their stories, organized a Congressional Briefing, and more, in an effort to realign racial justice initiatives like My Brother's Keeper to reflect values of inclusion, equal opportunity and shared fate.