The recent attacks on critical race theory make one fact very clear: the lack of Black voices in public discourse creates distortion and exploitation. This inaugural Black Scholars Book, the first of its kind published annually, is not about defining or justifying critical race theory—as some scholars in this book would not deem themselves to be critical race theorists. Instead, it is about righting the wrongs that enable the weaponization of scholarship by and about Black people. The goal of the W&L Law Review is to hold space for scholarship of historically marginalized and silenced voices. This inaugural book contains works from the members of the Lutie A. Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Workshop and Writing Retreat (Lutie) and the John Mercer Langston Black Male Law Faculty Writing Workshop (Langston). These organizations’ missions and goals are similar to the goals of this book. Lutie and Langston have created a pipeline of Black law professors and Black law school leadership while providing support for Black law professors at all stages of their careers through the mentorship of prospective and junior law faculty and by providing a safe space for scholars to discuss ideas, workshop articles, and receive the support that is often lacking for scholars of color on law school faculties.



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