The History and Conceptual Elements of Critical Race Theory

Authored by: Kevin Brown , Darrell D. Jackson

Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  September  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415899956
eBook ISBN: 9780203155721
Adobe ISBN: 9781136581410


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While the roots of the scholarship of critical race theory (CRT) can be traced to earlier writings, the first meeting occurred in the summer of 1989 in Madison, Wisconsin. Twenty-three legal scholars of color met for a weeklong workshop (Crenshaw, 2011). 1 As with any intellectual movement, CRT was born out of the confluence of historical developments of the time and the need to respond to those developments. Thus, in order to understand the scholarship produced by CRT, it is necessary to start with those historical events.

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