AAPF - A Timeline

1998 – 2000 AAPF Criminal Justice Series

    February 1998

  • Salon Workshops examine the growth of Prison Industrial Complex
  • Dynamics of poor Black women, economy & domestic violence in limelight
    November 1999

  • Public discussions on Kemba Smith case in the crossfire of Domestic Violence & U.S. Drug Policy
  • Drug policies for women of Color & consequences for their families initiatives
    Spring & Late 2000

  • Downward Push on Upward Mobility - Salon Themes on Welfare Reform, Post-Industrial society, Rights to Education
  • Race & The Criminal (In)justice System – Conference on Proactive Resistance
  • Kemba Smith Retreat– Public Education on Contemporary Drug Policy
  • Kemba Smith Youth Foundation receives grant from Soros Foundation

  • Kimberle W. Crenshaw guest co-hosts on “Equal Time” on CNBC

  • Americans For A Fair Chance (AFC) commissions FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) study detailing huge discrepancies in media representation of Affirmative Action issues
  • Policy Forum Affirmative Action Discussion & Book Party celebrates launching of We Won’t Go Back by Matsuda & Lawrence

  • Policy Forum Cosponsored Affirmative Action Symposium discussing right-wing misrepresentations & way to move forward
  • Claude Steele & Susan Sturm on the Myths of Standardized Testing & effects on higher education
    2000 & 2001

  • UN World Conference Against Racism
  • May 2000 - National Conference on Black Women & the Law serves as a precursor to UNWCAR
  • May 2000 - Geneva UN PrepCom takes intersectional work to the international arena with participants from Brazil, India, Portugal, UK, Israel, Guatemala, Philippines, Mali & Uganda
  • December 2000 - Citizen’s Conference Against Racism & Preparatory Intergovernmental Meeting of the Americas in Santiago, Chile – Introduces intersectional framework into activist works & UN Human Rights agenda
  • May 2001 - Second Geneva UN PrepCom
  • August – September 2001 - Durban, South Africa – AAPF urges intersectional analysis to be incorporated into UN Declaration & Platform of Action
    2003 – 2010

  • Expansion of:
  • Affirmative Action
  • Structural Racism
  • Intersectionality
  • International Collaboration
  • Strategic Interventions
  • Applied Reframing
    March 2003

  • Affirmative Action Teach-In/Workshop Conference
  • Grutter vs. Bollinger (2003)
  • Affirmative Action Strategic Intervention Media Workshop addresses counter-strategies to existing media bias
  • Prominent scholars, activists, lawyers, psychologist, journalists convene to generate ideas & actions for honest Affirmative Action discourse & outreach

July 2003

    Partnership with Aspen Institute Begins

  • Structured around Social Justice issues and assault on Affirmative Action, the partnership with AAPF provides long term knowledge building process within Structural Racism lasting until 2008
    October 2003

  • Freedom Sunday – Crenshaw & Harris conducts church speaking tour to raise awareness & connect vital information about Affirmative Action; messages connecting churches & The Civil Rights Movement.
    2004 – 2006

  • AAPF carries out major initiatives during the heat of MCRI (Michigan Civil Rights Initiative) with Media Intervention Project, Conferences & Workshops
  • Defending Affirmative Action: Confronting Distortions in the Public Debate
  • The Affirmative Action Strategy Summit (April 2004)
  • Promoting Equal Opportunity Post-Grutter (October 2004)
  • Research Consortium & Policy Initiative (October 2004)
  • Affirmative Action Leadership Training & Community Mobilization (2006)
  • Negril Social Justice Writers Retreat, Jamaica (2006)


    Battle over Affirmative Action

  • March 2006 – AAPF & ACLU Michigan convenes at Detroit for “Affirmative Action Leadership Training” for “grass tops” activist leaders & community
  • June 2006 - AAPF & ACLU Michigan’s “Mobilizing Our Base” with NAACP, LaSed, ACCESS & ADC – Michigan.
  • “10 Myths” are presented to enthusiastic audiences
  • 13 Myths about Affirmative Action comes into being
  • AAPF with ACLU Michigan creates coordinated response to Ward Connerly’s campaign

  • In lieu with AAPF’s global outreach to form consent for racial justice and inclusion policies, AAPF expands on Globalizing Affirmative Action with summits in Niteroi, Brazil and Bellagio, Italy strategizing first steps for GAAPP or Global Affirmative Action Praxis Project
  • AAPF in collaboration with UCLA School of Law takes law school and graduate students every Spring to Brazil or India to conduct extensive field research pertinent to Affirmative Action and report their findings for comparative outlooks. In addition, scholars from Brazil and India come to the US for multilateral discussions on affirmative action, race and justice

  • January – AAPF collaborates with National ACLU to host Affirmative Action Summit convening writers, community members, activists and scholars to promote strategies for Affirmative Action outreach
  • March – Work for JAPER (Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality), a joint initiative between US and Brazilian government begins. Kimberle W. Crenshaw serves as a co-chair for the Civil Society Committee.
  • August – Kimberle W. Crenshaw makes major appearance on PBS’ NOW on sideline of Democratic National Convention to defend Affirmative Action and analyzes the false debate over Obama’s nomination, Post-Racial America and struggle for racial justice
  • AAPF begins working on Section 8 Housing Discrimination, documenting and investigating incoming residents of Antioch, California.

  • June - AAPF organizes cross-disciplinary study and seminar on Colorblindness at the Stanford Center for the Study of the Behavioral Sciences with more than twenty five scholars representing ten academic disciplines. Kimberle W. Crenshaw also receives prestigious Fletcher fellowship and at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
  • June – GAAPP program brings students from Brazil and India to UCLA School of Law for the first time after two consecutive years of UCLA and Columbia Law School conducts fieldwork in both countries
  • June – Social Justice Writer’s retreat brings together academics, scholars, journalists, human rights activists in Negril Jamaica for another year of intensive seminar work, writing projects on social justice issues. AAPF’s regular collaborators provides valuable feedbacks and counsel for AAPF’s oncoming projects
  • September – Eve Ensler guest lectures for Kimberle W. Crenshaw’s class on Intersectionality and AAPF collaborates with distinguished guests on V-Day. Kimberle W. Crenshaw presents her poem Respect to full house at the Apollo.
  • October – First phase of engagement with national educational organization Communities in Schools begins on Structural Racism that plans to bring together CIS participants from all over the country for intensive workshop in August.
  • October - AAPF prepares to launch to major projects for 2010 on Intersectionality Learning Circle and Brother to Brother Initiative. These ambitious projects plans to center and bring home the role of intersectional analysis for gender, cultural and structural discrepancies, especially as Kimberle W. Crenshaw’s major theoretical gesture has traveled widely around in academic, activist and policy making circles around the world.

  • March – In a major event at the UCLA School of Law, 4th Annual Critical Race Studies Symposium unfolds with around two hundred and fifty panelists and over four hundred participants including distinguished scholars, activists, writers from all around the world to commemorate twentieth anniversary of Intersectional theory and practices. Kimberle W. Crenshaw presents the keynote speech delineating her hopes, inspirations and ambitions for future of Intersectionality to a full house.
  • May – August – AAPF continues its intensive engagement with Communities in Schools preparing participants with discussions, webinars and assistance for August workshop integrating Structural Racism in CIS outlooks.
  • August – AAPF conducts two back to back workshop in one week for over 100 participants including CIS board members, supervisors and coordinators to apply and reframe Structural Racism in CIS outlooks and practices