Latasha Harlins
Part of the series Bureau of Feminism

Latasha Harlins: The Victimization of Black Girls

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In 1991, Latasha Harlins, a 15-year-old African American girl, was shot in the head and killed at her local L.A. grocery store. Her death, which happened just 13 days after the Rodney King beating, garnered little lasting attention. Black girls continue to be the targets of widespread violence with minimal accountability systems in place.

UCLA historian Brenda Stevenson, Loyola Law School Associate Professor Priscilla Ocen, and UCLA legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw discuss how this case illuminates the vulnerability of black girls and how communities can serve and protect them. Moderated by Laura Flanders.

Followed by coffee and tea.

This program is part of the Hammer's Bureau of Feminism initiative.

Her Dream Deferred

Copresented with the African American Policy Forum

Black women and girls have continually been on the front lines of progressive change movements, using their voices and stories to mobilize intersectional coalitions to dismantle oppressive systems. To celebrate these women, the African American Policy Forum, in partnership with the Hammer Museum, presents the third annual Her Dream Deferred, a series offering substantive analysis on the status of black women and girls in the United States and exploring multifaceted solutions to social injustice. Organized by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Columbia University and UCLA law professor.

For more information and additional events visit and follow #HerDreamDeferred.

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