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Florynce "Flo" KennedyThe Life of a Black Feminist Radical$
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Sherie M. Randolph

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469623917

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469623917.001.0001

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All Men and Flo

All Men and Flo

Struggling to Survive as an Attorney, 1948–1960

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Florynce "Flo" Kennedy

Sherie M. Randolph

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines Flo Kennedy’s law school training and early career as an attorney in New York City. As a black woman, Kennedy did not fit neatly within a legal system in which the most visible architects of the courts’ civil and criminal process, doctrines, and unspoken codes were white men. With very little guidance on how to survive in a profession unaccustomed to black women in any role other than defendants, she had to make her own way. Now in her thirties, Kennedy created her own roadmap for becoming a lawyer, surviving as a working attorney, and gaining financial stability. Among her notable achievements was her contribution to intellectual property law, as she defended the rights of writers and jazz musicians (e.g., Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker) against the record labels that exploited their talents and profited from their creativity.

Keywords:   New York City, Law school, Attorney/lawyer, Intellectual property law, Law School, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker

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