For The Second Year In A Row, Harvard Law Review Elects A Black President


January 30, 2018


Photo credit: New York Times/ Eyevine 

Do you remember ImeIme Umana? She made history last year as the first Black woman to be elected as president of the Harvard Law Review, known as one of the most prestigious legal journals in the nation. Now a year later, the Harvard Law Review has elected its fourth Black president in its 131-year-history, Michael Thomas. 


The school took to their Twitter account on Monday to congratulate Thomas on the incredible accomplishment. 

An alumni of Harvard Law School, Johnathon (@jnthnwll) retweeted the Harvard Law Review and pointed out the significance of Thomas’ election writing:


“The Harvard Law Review has elected its second Black president in as many years!!!! Last year @imeimeumana made history as the first Black woman to be elected president, and now @Flames_Baldwin will pick up where she leaves off! Let’s gooooo!!!!” 

Both Umana and Thomas follow in the footsteps of Barack Obama, who became the first Black man to become president of the Harvard Law Review in 1990, 18 years before he was elected as the first African American President of the United States.

Photo via: Boston Globe/Getty Images 


According to the Harvard Law Review, “The Review comes out monthly from November through June and has roughly 2,500 pages per volume. The organization is formally independent of the Harvard Law School. Student editors make all editorial and organizational decisions and, together with a professional business staff of three, carry out day-to-day operations.”

Congratulations Michael on becoming the 132nd President of the Harvard Law Review! 

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