Judge Jack Weinstein (photo), of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York (the Eastern District includes Brooklyn along with the rest of Long Island and Staten Island) is one of the longest sitting judges on the federal bench. Early in his career he was part of a team of lawyers who assisted Thurgood Marshall, who would later become the first African American U.S. Supreme Court justice, in the preparation of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s case in Brown v. Board of Education, which led to the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision holding school segregation to violate the U.S. Constitution. On Tuesday evening, January 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 Judge Weinstein will be at BHS for a discussion with Michael Waldman, President of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s School of Law. General admission is $10, BHS or Green-Wood members $5; buy tickets here.
On Thursday evening, January 14, stting at 6:00, activist Kevin Powell, author of The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey Into Manhood, will be at BHS for discussion with The Nation’s Dave Zirin, and book signing. Admission is free, but you must reserve tickets here.