John Powell

Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity

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Gregory H Williams Chair on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Moritz College of Law and Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University

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