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The Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal (HBLJ), formerly the Harvard Journal on Racial and Ethnic Justice, is excited to announce its 2018 Call for Content. HBLJ is looking for submissions from activists, those who are or have been incarcerated, lawyers, organizers, scholars, and others confronting issues facing Black Communities in the United States. We are accepting submissions until January 15, 2019.

The theme of this year’s volume will be the intersection of capitalism and anti-blackness, with the 2018 National Prison Strike serving as a point of entry. We adopt Charlene A. Carruthers’s definition of anti-blackness: “a system of beliefs and practices that destroy, erode, and dictate the humanity of Black people.”  We also adopt Carruthers’s definition of capitalism: an economic system in which the means of production, access to goods, and the value of goods are controlled by private individuals and corporations.”  The theme, in addition to these definitions, is meant to guide, rather than restrict, those interested in submitting content to the Journal.

HBLJ welcomes written submissions of no more than 20 pages, with a recommended length of between 1 and 3 pages. Written submissions can include short essays, poems, and the like. HBLJ also welcomes submissions employing other modes of expression, such as photography, spoken word, videography and so on, as well as submissions (at any stage in the development process) addressing issues affecting Black Communities other than the specific issue outlined above. Please email submissions to, and email the same with any questions.  Submissions may also be mailed to the following address: Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal, Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138.