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ImeIme Umana Nigerian becomes first black woman President of Harvard Law Review

Imelme Umana enters the history books as the first black woman to be elected as President of Harvard Law Review.

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Black girls rock!

Nigerian student, Imelme Umana, class of Harvard Law School ’18, has been elected as the President of the Harvard Law Review. This makes her the first black woman to attain this position.

According to to the website Clutch, Umana is a PhD candidate "interested in the intersection between government and African American studies by exploring how stereotypes of black women are reproduced and reinforced in American political discourse."


The Harvard Law Review is a pretty huge deal. Barack Obama was elected the first black President of Harvard Law Review in 1990.

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Former US President Barack Obama.

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Harvard Law Review is a law review independent of Harvard Law School. It published its first review in 1887. The Alumni of the Harvard Law Review included President of the United States, Supreme Court Justices, cabinet secretaries amongst others.

Imelme Umana however isn't the first Nigerian to attain this lofty position. Adebayo Ogunlesi, Chairman and and managing partner of Global Infrastructure Partners is the first Nigerian to be voted the President of the Harvard Law Review.

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Adebayo Ogunlesi

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On Thursday, January 5, 2017, Barack Obama wrote the lead article in the Harvard Law Review. Titled "The President’s Role in Advancing Criminal Justice Reform" the article is 56 pages with 317 footnotes.

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