Nekima Levy-Pounds

The Koryne Horbal Lecture

Justice Now or Never!
From the Civil Rights Movement to #BlackLivesMatter and Beyond

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
10 a.m.
Hoversten Chapel, Foss Center

Nekima Levy-Pounds will discuss how the #BlackLivesMatter Movement is a perpetuation of the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality that African Americans and others have been engaged in for decades. She will also review the impacts of mass incarceration, poverty, and unjust laws on poor people of color and how everyone has a role to play in the fight for justice in the 21st century.


Nekima Levy-Pounds is an award-winning professor of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in St. Paul and the founding director of the Community Justice Project, a civil rights legal clinic. Levy-Pounds also is a civil rights attorney, legal scholar, blogger, and nationally recognized expert on issues at the intersections of race, public policy, economic justice, public education, juvenile justice, and the criminal justice system. She has received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Governor’s Commission; was named one of 40 Under 40 by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2015; and in 2014 was recognized as the Minnesota Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer and one of 50 Under 50 Most Influential Law Professors of Color in the Country by Lawyers of Color magazine. Levy-Pounds currently serves as the president of the Minneapolis NAACP and has served as an advisor to Black Lives Matter Minneapolis.