Women in the Practice of Law


Florynce R. Kennedy
Color Me Flo: My Hard Life and Good Times

Prentice Hall, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1976

Flo Kennedy wasn't the first black woman to graduate from Columbia Law School (Elreda Alexander, class of 1945, was the first), but she was one of the most outspoken and media-savvy graduates. Brandishing new words like "jockocracy" and "Pentagonorrhea," she earned the title Radicalism's Rudest Mouth.

In her law practice, she handled the estates of jazz performers Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker. Kennedy was much better known, however, for her political and social activism, leading protests against Richard Nixon, the Miss America Pageant, the New York Times, and the Roman Catholic Church.

Lent by the Diamond Law Library, Columbia University Law School

 

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