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.
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.
The Man That Killed Jim Crow: 9 Charles Hamilton Houston Facts For You
Charles Hamilton Houston will always be “The Man Who Killed Jim Crow”. 1930-1954, Attorney Houston was involved in almost every civil rights case tried before the Supreme Court. His strategy involved using the inequality of the “Separate but Equal” doctrine from the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision as it pertained to public education in the US. His masterful plan/ strategy is what led to the landmark Brown vs. Board of Ed. decision in 1954 that ended segregation in the school system in the…
Pauli Murray, civil rights lawyer and Episcopal priest, was born in 1910. She became the first African American person to earn a doctorate at Yale Law School in 1965. Murray also co-founded the National Organization for Women. In 1977, Murray made history again when she became ordained as an Episcopal priest.
101 years before Rosa Parks and Claudette Colvin, an African American woman named Elizabeth Jennings refused to be removed from a New York City trolley. Her case in the Brooklyn Circuit Court led to the desegregation of all NYC trolley lines. Her attorney? Future president Chester A. Arthur
Florynce Kennedy, civil rights lawyer, feminist, political activist, eccentric, New York, August 1, 1969; Photograph by Richard Avedon. In the 1970s Kennedy traveled the lecture circuit with writer Gloria Steinem. If a man asked the pair if they were lesbians — a stereotype of feminists at the time — Flo would quote TiGrace Atkinson and answer, "Are you my alternative?" In 1974, People magazine wrote that she was "The biggest, loudest and, indisputably, the rudest mouth on the…