Njeri graduated from Spelman College and Harvard Law School. She loves writing and speaking about issues related to criminal justice, race, and politics.
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Njeri is a published author and opinion columnist for USA Today and a contributor for BET and The Hill.
Below are samples of some of the opinion articles she has written.
For A Model of Protecting Black Women, Look to the SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings, Not the Oscars, BET March 29, 2022 available at https://www.bet.com/article/wa4zrx/will-smith-cory-booker-ketanji-brown-jackson-supreme-court-jada-pinkett-smith-oscars-opinion
Supreme Court Nominee carries an exhausting burden as a Black woman, USA Today March 21, 2022 available at https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/exhausting-black-woman-just-ask-090126955.html
The Ketanji Brown Jackson I Remember is Well Qualified for the Supreme Court, BET March 4, 2022 available at https://www.bet.com/article/1rjv8c/ketanji-brown-jackson-harvard-classmate-supreme-court-opinion
[Judge] Ketanji Brown Jackson Has Earned this Moment to Make History, The Hill February 26, 2022 available at https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/595856-ketanji-brown-jackson-has-earned-this-moment-to-make-history
What Judicial Diversity Does and Does Not Mean, The Hill February 17, 2022 available at https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/594226-what-judicial-diversity-does-and-does-not-mean
No Knock Warrants Conversation from Town Square with Ernie Manouse, https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/shows/town-square/2022/02/11/419114/no-knock-warrants-are-they-worth-the-risk-should-they-go-away/
Legendary actor Sidney Poitier portrayed Black men with the dignity they have off screen, USA Today January 9, 2022 available at https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2022/01/09/sidney-poitier-actor-civil-rights/9148902002/
Jury finds Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers guilty. But the racist defense arguments still sting, co-authored with Geoff Corn, USA Today November 24, 2021 available at https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/11/24/ahmaud-arbery-killers-defense-racist/8751036002/
Why the Ahmaud Arbery Case Verdict Was Clearly the Right One, BET online November 24, 2021 available at https://www.bet.com/article/pygd1v/ahmaud-arbery-verdict-why-verdict-was-right-opinion
Why the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Was Little More Than A Controlled Circus, BET online November 22, 2021 available at https://www.bet.com/article/xl7uv4/kyle-rittenhouse-shooting-trial-controlled-circus
Powell taught me to put USA over GOP, USA Today October 19, 2021 in print page 7A; online October 18, 2021 available at https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2021/10/18/colin-powell-black-republicans-appreciation/8509213002/
Overturning Bill Cosby sex assault conviction is difficult to accept, but the right decision, USA Today July 1, 2021 available at https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/07/01/bill-cosby-sex-abuse-conviction-rape-overturned-prosecutor/7824554002/
Tweens are too young for their own Instagram platform, USA Today May 21, 2021 available at https://news.yahoo.com/don-t-tweens-daughter-own-090053119.html.
Crime Victim Compensation Funds and Police Violence, co-authored with Valena Beety, USA Today May 4, 2021 available at – https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/05/04/victim-compensation-funds-should-include-police-violence-witnesses-column/4923404001/
Black Prosecutors Inspired Trust and Hope in the Derek Chauvin Trial, USA Today April 28, 2021 – available at https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/04/28/derek-chauvin-trial-black-prosecutors-inspired-hope-trust-column/4869377001/
The Country Needed a Guilty Verdict, but the Laws Still Need to Change USA Today April 20, 2021- available at https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/policing/2021/04/20/nation-needed-guilty-verdict-chauvin-case-but-laws-still-need-change/7309175002/
Weary but undaunted – Black Women Made the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Inauguration Happen, USA Today January 20, 2021
What Joe Biden needs to do in the first 100 days, USA Today January 20, 2021 Available online at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/01/20/usa-today-contributors-bidens-first-100-days-column/4216744001/
‘The end of the beginning’ in the search for justice for Breonna Taylor,
co-authored with Geoff Corn, The Hill, September 30, 2020,
Available online at: https://thehill.com/opinion/criminal-justice/518709-the-end-of-the-beginning-in-the-search-for-justice-for-breonna
‘Grand jury made the right call in Breonna Taylor case,
co-authored with Geoff Corn, USA Today, September 24, 2020,
Available at: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/09/24/breonna-taylor-grand-jury-indicted-one-officer-wanton-endangerment-column/3515532001/
Black in America: I Normalized Racism,
USA Today Weekend Edition September 18-20, 2020 at 7A; also available online as:
I thought I never experienced racism. Then I realized I just normalized it,
September 15, 2020,
Available online at https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2020/09/15/racism-every-day-black-women-column/5793258002/.
Essays in Larger Collections
Finding Peace in Tough Choices essay published in On Womanhood: Connecting and Thriving in Every Season – A Collection of Essays by Focused Writers (Spring Rock Publishing February 2022)
A Call for More Black Prosecutors essay published in Meeting at the Table: African American Women Write on Race, Culture & Community (DownSouth Press November 2020).
Essay: Walking the Tightrope: Reflections of a Black Female Law Professor, Professor Njeri M. Rutledge Spring 2021 volume 43 issue 2 of the Campbell Law Review available at https://scholarship.law.campbell.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1710&context=clr