Derecka Purnell

Derecka Purnell
Harvard Law School


Derecka Purnell’s research focuses on educational inequity, racial justice, and social 
movements, and speaks to the intersections of marginalized communities. She engages in civil rights organizing and activism across campuses, communities, and countries, and has been published in Boston Review, Huffington Post, MSNBC, The Guardian, Boston Globe, Vox, and the New York Times. Currently, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of Crimson & Black, a Harvard Journal for Black Public Policy. Purnell is a third year Harvard Law School student.