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Advocacy for African American Men

Beginning a Conversation

By Margaret Stapleton

African American men tend to be underrepresented as clients of legal aid programs, and vigorous, creative advocacy is called for to meet many African American men’s complex legal needs. Advocates should educate themselves about the multiple factors that combine to marginalize African American men—violence and disproportionate entanglement in the criminal justice system prominent among these factors—and reorient their practice so that it no longer ignores this population.

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