Janet Dewart Bell

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Janet Dewart Bell is a social justice activist and among her accomplishments are an Emmy® for outstanding individual achievement (CBS-TV affiliate in Washington, DC) and programming for National Public Radio honored with a Peabody award, considered the highest award in broadcasting. In addition, she was Director of Communications and Public Relations for District Council 37, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), in New York City. She was the Communications Director for the National Committee on Household Employment, which helped gained federal minimum wage coverage for household workers. As a Visiting Research Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, she developed and taught a course on Effective Advocacy and co-taught a constitutional law course with her husband, Professor Derrick Bell. To celebrate his sixty-fifth birthday, she founded the Derrick Bell Lecture on Race in American Society series at the New York University School of Law. She lives in New York City.

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