Justice Gabrielle McDonald & Professor Derrick Bell: Two black American legal trailblazers

Derrick Bell (© David Shankbone)

Siren Song features a discussion between Justice Gabrielle Kirk McDonald and Professor Derrick Bell. Both are black Americans and both are trailblazers. She is the only female presiding judge at the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. He was the first black tenured law professor at Harvard. Both were deeply involved in the civil rights movement. In this conversation, they talk about law, their backgrounds, the surprising similarities between the testimonies of war crimes victims in Yugoslavia and race issues in the United States.

Producer: Dheera Sujan

Broadcast: November 23, 1997