Charles Hamilton Houston,"The Man Who Killed Jim Crow" (if you haven't already seen this film, treat yourself. Check your local library), a renowned civil rights attorney, was widely recognized as the architect of the civil rights strategy that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 decision, Brown v. Board of Education. He was also a mentor to Thurgood Marshall who successfully litigated the pivotal Brown case.
Talladega alum Arthuer Shores has been called “Alabama’s Drum Major for Justice”. He became one of the most successful African American and civil rights attorneys in Alabama and the nation. His landmark case, Lucy v. Adams, opened the doors at the University of Alabama for Ms. Autherine Lucy and all African Americans.
Alabama State alum and Civil Rights attorney Fred D Gray's first civil rights case was the representation of Claudette Colvin, a 15-year old African American high school student who refused to give up her seat on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama in March 1955. He was also the 1st black to serve in the state legislature in the 1900's
The first legally married interracial couple in Alabama, writer and activist Alice Walker and civil-rights attorney Mel Leventhal found that breaking boundaries also put a strain on their marriage. After they split, daughter Rebecca moved every two years between her father's East Coast home to her mother's Berkeley, Calif., neighborhood. Her memoir, 'Black and White and Jewish,' recalls the difficulty in growing up mixed race with politically prominent parents.
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