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Multiple Black professors have resigned in recent years over racism

Published May 03 2021 at 7:00 AM GMT
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  • Image: Alena Allen earned promotion to full professor this academic year at the University of Memphis's Cecil C Humphreys School of Law -- the first woman of color to do so within the program.
  • But she’s leaving the institution before the promotion takes effect in July over ongoing concerns about racism on campus.
  • Allen shared those concerns in a resignation letter that has since been circulated and endorsed by multiple student groups on campus, including the Black Law Students Association.
  • Allen declined an interview request, saying she hadn’t meant for the letter to become public and that she felt uncomfortable talking about her case.
  • In her letter, she describes soul-searching in the months since George Floyd’s death at the hands of police, including about her own experiences at the law school.



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  • Published May 3, 2021 7:00 AM GMT