A Mother’s Voice


Even when he was 5, Joel Motley ’78 knew his late mother was doing important work; now, he has co-produced “The Trials of Constance Baker Motley,” a short film about the woman who the first black female Manhattan borough president, New York state senator, and federal judge.

A Time for Action


HLS hosted the fourth Celebration of Black Alumni in September, featuring the theme “Turning Vision into Action.” The actions of alumni who attended have resonated in courtrooms and classrooms, in elected office and the corner office, in communities and in the culture. The Bulletin spoke with five CBA participants about where their vision has led them and where they hope to yet go.

Correcting ‘Hamilton’


Historian Annette Gordon-Reed would like to make clear that she likes “Hamilton,” the Broadway hip-hop musical phenomenon about Alexander Hamilton. But she would like to make clearer that she found the show problematic in its portrayals of Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Fathers, and the issue of slavery.

The miracle of a museum

Judge Robert Wilkins

Robert L. Wilkins ’89, a U.S. circuit court judge, discussed his recent book, “Long Road to Hard Truth,” which focused on his efforts to build the National Museum of African American History & Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. He discussed his book during a talk at Harvard Law School on Sept. 19.