Nightly News   |  October 07, 2011

Civil rights advocate Derrick Bell dies

Derrick Bell, the civil rights scholar who was the first tenured black professor at Harvard Law School, has died. He was 80 years old. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: We wanted to note two departures this week, including Derrick Bell , the civil rights scholar who was the first tenured black professor at Harvard law school . He was a constant fighter for progress in race relations in this country. Professor Derrick Bell was 80 years