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Professor Donald Tibbs' Hip-Hop and the Law Course Featured in Philadelphia Tribune

November 14, 2012

The Philadelphia Tribune featured the Hip-Hop and the American Constitution course launched by Professor Donald Tibbs in an article published Nov. 13.

The article described the origin of the course, which focused on overlapping issues in law, law enforcement and urban communities that resonate in hip-hop music and culture.

As part of the course, offered initially in the spring, Tibbs brought in a series of prominent scholars as guest lecturers. Public Enemy founder Chuck D. gave the keynote speech.

Tibbs, a scholar who focuses his research on the intersection of race, law, civil rights and criminal procedure, said hip-hop lyrics offer a valuable perspective.

“We need to listen to these voices and say they are valuable, and not overly concern ourselves with how they are critiquing, but that they are critiquing,” he said.