Lawyer Laurel Bellows; African-American hair and the Army

Guests: Laurel Bellows and Lori Tharps
The phrase “an illustrious career” is a well-worn one.  But it’s apt when it comes to the accomplishments of lawyer Laurel Bellows.  A Founding Principal at the Chicago firm The Bellows Law Group, she’s advocated for workplace equality for women, spoken out against human trafficking, and thrown her weight behind gun control.  Bellows has just finished her term as President of the American Bar Association and today is being honored with the 2014 Visionary Award by Vision 2020 ­– a national coalition committed to women’s equality.  We talk to University of Pennsylvania alumni LAUREL BELLOWS about her career and the causes she has championed.  And later, we discuss the Army’s new restrictions on how African-American personnel can wear their hair with LORI THARPS, Professor of Journalism at Temple University and co-author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America.

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