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BOOK SIGNING: Tomiko Brown-Nagin

The Graduate School will host a book signing on Friday, May 6, from 3:30-4:30 PM at The Graduate School, 2127 Campus Drive, featuring alumna Tomiko Brown-Nagin (A.M.’93, Ph.D.’02 History), the author of a recently published biography of civil rights trailblazer Constance Baker Motley.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. The first 10 Graduate School Ph.D. or master’s students to RSVP will receive a complimentary copy of Brown-Nagin’s new book, Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality. Recipients of the complimentary copies must pick up their book in person at the book signing.

The book is also available for purchase for $24 (a 20 percent discount) in The Gothic Bookshop at the Bryan Center. Copies will also be available for purchase at The Graduate School during the book signing.


About the Author

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, The Graduate School’s 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, received her master’s and Ph.D. in history at Duke and earned a law degree from Yale. She is the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law and a professor of history at Harvard. In 2018, she was appointed dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The following year, she became chair of the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery. That committee’s work led to Harvard’s recent commitment of $100 million to study and redress its ties to slavery.

Brown-Nagin is a leading legal expert and historian. She has written extensively about the fight for civil rights. Her 2011 book, Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement, won six awards, including the Bancroft Prize in U.S. History.

Her latest book, Civil Rights Queen: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equality, was published in January. Coinciding with Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, the book has shined a timely spotlight on Motley, the first African American woman to serve as a federal judge. Motley was also a front-line lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, playing key roles in numerous civil rights legal battles, such as Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and litigations that desegregated the Universities of Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.