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Remembrances

Derrick Bell, Influential Legal Scholar, Dies At 80

Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 5:54 pm

Derrick Bell, the first tenured black professor at Harvard Law School, died of cancer Wednesday. He is seen here in 2002.

Graham Jepson AP

Derrick Bell, the first tenured black professor at Harvard Law School, died of carcinoid cancer in New York City on Wednesday. He was 80.

The influential legal scholar championed the "critical race theory," an idea that begins with the premise that racism is ingrained in American life and laws — even in laws aimed at righting the wrongs of racism.

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