In the United States of America, racism against Black women still reigns unjustly. From within the secluded judge’s chambers to the courthouse parking lot, I’ve gathered five different incidents where powerful Black women are forced to come face to face with being on the other side of the law.
We follow the stories of Desirée Mary Charbonnet, Gay Polk-Payton, Angela Stokes, Rhonda Crawford, and myself—we happen to be some of the most prestigious Black judges and attorneys in the legal system. Readers follow our experiences in the Louisiana, Mississippi, Ohio, and Illinois judicial systems as we explore the fascinating and intricate dynamic of women in positions of power. Desirée, Gay, Angela, Rhonda and I are connected by one simple, yet complex dynamic: Black womanhood. What will our endgame be as women who are committed to upholding and enforcing what is right? Will we succumb to the pressures of America’s hand, or will we push forward in the face of adversity?