Power Concedes Nothing: One Womans Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones by Connie RiceFrom one of the nation’s most influential civil rights attorneys—second cousin of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice—a noble, hard-hitting memoir chronicling the life of a fiercely powerful woman dedicated to public service.
Connie Rice has taken on the bus system, the school system, the death penalty, the LAPD—and won. She has been at the forefront of dozens of major civil rights cases. In 1998, the Los Angeles Times designated Connie Rice one of the “most experienced, civic-minded, and thoughtful people on the subject of Los Angeles.” Rice literally wrote the report that has revolutionized the city’s law enforcement and outreach to gangs. Now, one of America’s most prominent and successful civil rights litigators, Rice illuminates the origins and inspiration for her life’s work in this extraordinary memoir.
In her electrifying voice, Rice writes of being descended from a “proud and erudite clan” of former slaves and slaveowners who prized “the aggressive pursuit of knowledge and voracious accomplishment.” The Rice family’s quest for excellence was the defining feature of Connie’s youth, a childhood that would see her family move seventeen times across three continents, at the behest of the U.S. Air Force, for which her father was a racial-barrier-breaking major. The eldest of three children, Connie was inspired by influential women like Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Frank, and Rep. Barbara Jordan—the first black woman elected to U.S. Congress from a Southern State whose eloquence and composure during the televised Watergate hearings so mesmerized a teenage Rice that she burned a hole ironing her father’s shirt.
Provocative and passionate, studded with dramatic stories of a life in the trenches of civil rights law, Power Concedes Nothing reveals the inspiring life of an indomitable woman who knows that power concedes nothing without a demand.
Constance L. Rice
She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State , the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Rice was President Bush's National Security Advisor during his first term, making her the first woman to serve in that position. Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up while the South was racially segregated. She obtained her bachelor's degree from the University of Denver and her master's degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame. Bush during the dissolution of the Soviet Union and German reunification from to
No one but Connie Rice has ever simultaneously and successfully sued the Los Angeles Police Department and forged a pioneering partnership with them. But Connie Rice is no ordinary person. She's one of the country's most maverick civil rights attorneys and the great-granddaughter of former slaves and slave owners, who also happens to be the second cousin of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. By way of comparison, Connie Rice told on an anchorman during a KTLA interview: "I'm working to close the gap between the underclass and the working class and she's trying to close the gap between the millionaires and the billionaires. After joining the NAACP Legal Defense Fund's West Coast office in the wake of the brutal Rodney King affair in Los Angeles, Rice left the courtroom 20 years ago and took her crusade to the streets of the most violent "kill zones" to protect the city's impoverished youth and reduce gang violence. This turf, which covers a wide swatch of east Los Angeles, is so treacherous that law enforcement officials have compared it to insurgency zones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Constance L. "Connie" Rice (born April 5, ) is a prominent American civil rights activist and in expanding opportunity and advancing multi-racial democracy. She is a second cousin of former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
the mark of athena chapter 4
Constance L. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the Advancement Project in Los Angeles. She has received more than 50 major awards for her work in expanding opportunity and advancing multi-racial democracy. Rice was born in Washington, D. She earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard College in After law school, Rice served as law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. In her non-litigation work in the s, Rice served as counsel to the Watts gang truce and spearheaded a statewide campaign to save equal opportunity programs.