Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Abstract

For most Americans, Charles Hamilton Houston is barely a footnote in history. Born in 1896, this Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and Harvard educated African-American lawyer went on to win eight of nine cases in the United States Supreme Court. He designed the legal strategy for the historic Brown v. Board of Education 347 U.S. 483 (1954). He was the first African American to be elected to the Harvard Law Review and the first to earn the degree Doctor of Juridical Science Degree

By 1950 he would be laid to rest, exhausted by his brutal multi-state law reform agenda that was the hallmark of his 25-year legal career. He would not live to see his efforts to eliminate racial discrimination from the face of the nation's law books completed. Along the way he would work with several legendary Maryland lawyers in cases that were the blueprint for dismantling the sinister practice known as "Jim Crow" that poisoned the nation's ideal of equal justice under law.

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