Oklahomans for Equal Access has filed a lawsuit against Oklahoma State over a decision by the school to fire assistant professor of African American Studies Kimberly L. Brown, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma (ACLU-Oklahoma).
Brown’s lawsuit was filed in federal court on Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
Brown was the former associate dean of the African American studies program at Oklahoma State, the organization said in a statement.
“Brown was the subject of an investigation by the university in 2015, which resulted in her being dismissed, according.
The university did not remove her from the faculty of African-American studies program, which is one of the most prestigious in the country, despite her being a professor of a major research program, according, the ACLU-Okla.
The organization said Brown “will continue to receive support from Oklahoma State for the remainder of her life.”
In addition to the lawsuit, ACLU-OKla also filed a request for an injunction to force Oklahoma State to reinstate Brown as associate professor.
The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of Brown and the Black Student Union, was filed by the ACLU of Oklahoma, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Oklahoma Black Women’s Collective, the Asian American Legal Defense & Educational Fund and the Oklahoma Coalition to End Racial Profiling.
Brown received her Ph.
D. in African American and African American Culture from Ohio State in 2009.
She taught African American history and history of art at the University of Oklahoma for three years before moving to Oklahoma in 2014.
Brown said in her lawsuit that she “was subjected to multiple forms of racial harassment, including verbal abuse, racial slurs, sexual harassment, and discriminatory comments and emails,” and that she suffered anxiety and depression.
She also said she was harassed on social media, and that her academic freedom was violated because her email account was monitored and logged.
Brown’s firing was announced in January, but the university said that was a mistake.
Brown is an African American woman, who has a PhD in African African American History from Ohio University, according the organization. “
We were told the university was going to look into the incident, but never did,” ACLU- Okla said in its statement.
Brown is an African American woman, who has a PhD in African African American History from Ohio University, according the organization.
“The university’s actions violate the university’s Code of Student Conduct and its policy against harassment and discrimination,” the organization added.
“No one should be subjected to the type of discrimination and harassment that Brown experienced at OSU.”
Brown was hired by Oklahoma State in 2015 as a professor in the African-African Studies program, and was the first African American to be hired as an associate professor of American studies at the school, the university announced at the time.
The NAACP Legal Service, which represents Brown, also said in the lawsuit that Brown was “fired from her position as a lecturer in her first year at OSI in 2015.”
Brown is scheduled to speak at the Oklahoma NAACP convention later this month.
She is also the author of two books, African American Women’s History: The First Hundred Years, and Black American Women: The Birth of the Black American Male.