Nigerian woman, ImeIme Umana has made history by being appointed as the first black woman president of the prestigious legal journal, the Harvard Law Review.
Ms. Umana, who has raised in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is now the 131st leader of the organization, which was once led by the first black president, Barack Obama, in 1990.
As the president of the Harvard Law Review, Ms. Umana will manage over 90 student editors and permanent staff members of the Law Review and will communicate with writers, including senior staff members.
In her undergraduate studies at Harvard University, Ms Umana is a double-major in African American and government studies, whilst also serving as the President of the Institute of Politics.
According to a Harvard Crimson report, current president. Michael L. Zuckerman, expressed his excitement on Umana’s new position and on where she will take the publication in coming years.
“ImeIme is one of the most brilliant, thoughtful, and caring people I’ve ever met, and the Law Review is in phenomenally good hands.”
According to Mr Zuckerman, candidates that apply for the top position must undergo a series of questions posed by a forum of editors, as well as written responses to submitted questions, and participate in mock editorial activities.
Mr. Zuckerman wrote,
“ImeIme’s election as the Law Review’s first female black president is historic. For a field in which women and people of color have for too much of our past been marginalized or underrepresented, her election is an important and encouraging step toward a richer and more inclusive legal conversation. Knowing ImeIme, I can’t wait to applaud her in a year’s time for the extraordinary work that I am certain she will do.”
This election is special as the Law Review strives to accept editors from a wider variety of backgrounds.
In effort to achieve this goal, this years 12 candidates featured eight women and eight people of color.