“The Politics of Integration” is a powerful exchange between law school professors Nekima Levy- Pounds, Professor of Law at University of St. Thomas and Myron Orfield, Professor of Law at University of MN. Dr. Levy-Pounds challenges Dr. Orfield’s housing and education integration research and its racial and economic equity impact affecting African-Americans.
Nekima Levy-Pounds is an award-winning professor of law, civil rights attorney, and a nationally recognized expert on a range of civil rights and social justice issues at the intersections of race, public policy, economic justice, public education, juvenile justice, and the criminal justice system. She has a heart for the people and works towards achieving justice on behalf of those whose voices are often unheard within society. A great deal of her legal work, scholarly writing, and advocacy focuses on identifying and implementing solutions for improving the quality of life for African Americans in general, and young African American men, in particular. To that end, she is co-founder and board chair of Brotherhood, Inc., a nonprofit organization geared towards young African American men ages 16-24, who have been involved in the criminal justice system or gangs or who are at risk of such involvement.
Myron Orfield has become “the most influential social demographer in America’s burgeoning regional movement,” wrote Neal Peirce in a syndicated column in spring 2002. Orfield is the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs 2005-2006 and an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota. He is the Executive Director of the Institute on Race and Poverty and president of Ameregis Corporation, in addition to being a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He is an authority on civil rights, state and local government, state and local finance, land use, questions of regional governance, and the legislative process.