Randall Kennedy
Randall Kennedy

Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Yale University. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is the author of six books, including Race, Crime, and the Law, for which he received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. A member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States and the District of Columbia, and of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he lives in Massachusetts.

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Nigger Cover
Author: Randall Kennedy
Release Date: January 25, 2022
Nigger: it is arguably the most consequential social insult in American history, though, at the same time, a word that reminds us of “the ironies and dilemmas, tragedies and glories of the American experience.” In this tour de force, dist...
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Author: Randall Kennedy
Release Date: September 07, 2021
A collection of provocative essays exploring the key social justice issues of our time—from George Floyd to antiracism to inequality and the Supreme Court. Kennedy is "among the most incisive American commentators on rac...
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Author: Randall Kennedy | Narrator: Cary Hite
Release Date: August 17, 2021
Timely—as the 2012 presidential election nears—and controversial, here is the first book by a major African-American public intellectual on racial politics and the Obama presidency. Renowned for his cool reason vis-à-vis the p...
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Author: Randall Kennedy | Narrator: Adam Lazarre-White
Release Date: August 17, 2021
In Interracial Intimacies, Randall Kennedy hits a nerve at the center of American society: race relations and our most intimate ties to each other. Writing with the same piercing intelligence he brought to his national bestseller Nigger: The Strange ...
Author: Randall Kennedy | Narrator: Rhett Samuel Price
Release Date: July 13, 2021
Winner of the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Grand Prize"An original, wise and courageous work that moves beyond sterile arguments and lifts the discussion of race and justice to a new and more hopeful level."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.In this groun...
Author: Randall Kennedy | Narrator: Tovah Ott
Release Date: July 13, 2021
In the wake of his controversial national best-seller, Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, Randall Kennedy grapples brilliantly and judiciously with another stigma of our racial discourse: "selling out," or racial betrayal, wh...
Author: Randall Kennedy | Narrator: Amani Starnes
Release Date: June 15, 2021
For Discrimination is at once the definitive reckoning with one of America’s most explosively contentious and divisive issues and a principled work of advocacy for clearly defined justice.  What precisely is affirmative action, and why is ...