Maya Wiley: Racial Justice

Maya Wiley reflects on her career as a civil rights activist and time serving on the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board.
Maya Wiley speaks during a panel on impeachment at Politicon, October 27, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.
Maya Wiley speaks during a panel on impeachment at Politicon, October 27, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.Max Oden / Sipa USA via AP
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Maya Wiley is a brilliant and powerful woman who has spent her professional life at the intersection of law, education, and policy. Born into both privilege and poverty – the child of two prominent civil rights activists, Maya grew up in a loving and intact home and, yet, in a broken educational system. And if that seems contradictory, Maya explains why it is not.

Educated at Dartmouth and Columbia, Maya served in city government and in the federal government, at the United States Department of Justice. Her most recent turn in public service put her in charge of the Civilian Complaint Review Board – the independent oversight agency of the New York City Police Department – the largest police force in the nation. This gave Maya a unique perspective on policing in America – particularly, what we need to do as a nation to address police misconduct, to improve policing, and to build bridges between police and the communities they are sworn to serve. Maya’s moving story is one of struggle and success, of love and tragedy, of friends and mentors and, always, of the pursuit of justice, dignity, and equality for all.

Maya talks to host Chuck Rosenberg on her extraordinary public service career and her work at the forefront of the civil rights movement. If you have thoughtful feedback on this episode or others, please email us at theoathpodcast@gmail.com.

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