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Journal of African American Public Policy pays tribute to Higginbotham

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The Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a new issue that pays tribute to the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. The journal, published twice a year, was founded by graduate students at the Kennedy School of Government in 1989. It is committed to an interdisciplinary examination of the interaction between public policy and the African-American experience. It is the only journal published through the University that focuses exclusively on African-American policy issues and only one of two published in the United States.” Higginbotham was an influential African-American U.S. Court of Appeals judge, activist, and scholar who died in 1998. His 30 years of public service championing integration and civil rights culminated in 1995, when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. The tributes in the new issue, celebrating Higginbotham’s life and achievements, were written by Henry Louis Gates Jr., Afro-American Studies Department Chair and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, and Joseph S. Nye Jr., Dean of the Kennedy School of Government, among others._

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