Aissa Olivarez first absorbed the Tony Robinson news after she had settled her baby girl back down after her regular 4 a.m. feeding. In the dim, morning hours of March 6, 2015, as she was scrolling tiredly through the predawn news, there it was: another unarmed, 19-year-old African- Amer- ican man — somebody’s baby — shot by a police officer. Only this time it wasn’t in Ferguson, or Baltimore, or Los Angeles; it was right here in Madison, Wisconsin, where Texas-native Olivarez was a second-year law student.
Add Obergefell v. Hodges to the roster of historic US Supreme Court cases that current and future University of Wisconsin Law School students will dissect as they study the Supreme Court and civil rights. Law School faculty members Linda Greene, Carrie Sperling, and Gwendolyn Leachman reflect on the decision, how it may impact daily life as well as other laws, and where the LGBT movement might go from here.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at Morehouse College, the all-male, historically black liberal arts school in Atlanta, Everett Mitchell considered staying in the South. Then he read a speech by the late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. describing a vision for a “beloved community.” As King saw it, the beloved community is not only a place desegregated by law but one that is integrated in spirit, a place where people from all walks, all beliefs, and all races live and work peacefully, side by side.